New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik resigned from the Harvard Political School Senior Advisory Committee on Tuesday for his role in permanently retaining unfounded claims of voter fraud in the November 2020 election.
The decision was made after appeals from students and alumni, including a petition signed by nearly a thousand Harvard affiliates calling for the removal of Stefanik.
Calls for Stefanick’s resignation have been brewing since the election, but this particular petition started early last week, after the Capitol uprising on Wednesday, when Stefanick opposed the proof of the election. As a result, even after the violence.
“I talked to Elise and asked her to leave the senior advisory committee. My request has nothing to do with political parties, political ideologies, or the choice of presidential candidates. On the contrary, in my assessment, Elise published publicly about voters in the November presidential election. The fraudulent assertion has no basis, and she also publicly published incorrect statements regarding court proceedings related to the election,”; said Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of Law School, in a letter to the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Political Studies Senior Advisory Committee on Tuesday. Said in.
Ermendorf added: “In addition, these propositions and statements do not reflect policy differences, but are based on the electoral process, through which national leaders are elected.”
According to this letter, Stefanik was asked to withdraw from the committee, but rejected the proposal and was removed from the committee.
Harvard Law School students Megan Corrigan (Megan Corrigan) and Jacob Carrel (Jacob Carrel) texted in a group chat, saying that the violence in the Capitol is spreading.
“We all know that Rep. Stefanik holds this position in the Institute of Political Studies. We feel that because she continues to support these false claims of election fraud, she is contributing to this violence. We feel that she should no longer be a member of our institution. Nor should we hold such a high position in our political school.” Corrigan, a 28-year-old second-year law student at Harvard Law School and the author of the petition, told CNN.
“She continued to oppose it after the violence,…then the petition was launched, even faster than we thought,” Corrigan added.
In addition to the petition, college students also shared an infographic on social media explaining why they believe Stefanik “should not be a senior advisor to the IOP.”
The student wrote: “Rep. Stefanik pledged to oppose the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, which shows that she is no longer suitable to provide advice to our student center.”
“We are very happy that the university heard our voice and took this step to hold her in charge this morning.” Corrigan told CNN on Tuesday.
Stefanik responded to the Institute’s decision on Twitter on Tuesday. She said in a statement: “The decision of the Harvard government to retreat and succumb to the left will continue to erode the diversity of ideas, public discourse, and Eventually weaken the student’s learning experience…”
However, according to Coorigan: “This is not a question of freedom of speech. This is a legislative action that runs counter to our democracy.”