- Both Lehigh University and Wagner College announced on Friday that they would revoke President Donald Trump’s honorary degrees.
- After speaking at the establishment of the institution, Trump received an honorary degree from Caspian in 1988. He received a Wagner degree in 2004.
- Both Lehigh and Wagner cited the violence triggered by the attempted coup in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as reasons for the withdrawal.
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The two educational institutions announced that they would withdraw the honorary degree granted to President Donald Trump in light of the riots in the Capitol on Wednesday.
Both Lehigh University and Wagner College announced their withdrawals on Friday.
A statement on Twitter from the Lehigh University account stated that the board of directors “voted to revoke and revoke the honorary degree awarded to Donald J. Trump in 1
Lehigh University (@LehighU) January 8, 2021
Lehigh’s faculty members have been urging the university for years to revoke Trump’s degree, which he got in his speech at the graduation ceremony in 1988. In 2018, nearly 300 Lehigh faculty members urged the board to withdraw the degree. They argued that Trump’s presidency’s statements and actions were inconsistent with the school’s values, the Pittsburgh Post reported. The trustee did not make concessions.
According to a statement published online, Wagner’s board also voted on Friday to revoke the honorary degree he received from the institution in 2004.
The riot began after Trump encouraged his supporters to protest the election results and has been described as an attempted coup. When parliamentarians met internally to prove the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, rioters stormed into the Capitol.
Five people died, including a policeman. According to reports, members of the “Proud Boys” classified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center were present.
When the riot broke out, many parliamentarians began to take shelter. Many people evacuated the Capitol. An agile Senate assistant secured the box containing the electoral votes to prevent damage.
It is proved that President-elect Biden continued to vote as planned after the riots ended.
On the second day of the riots, Trump stated that there will be an “orderly transition” on January 20, the inauguration day.
The commotion prompted calls for Trump to be impeached again, this time the accusation was “sedition”. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distributed a memo to Republicans stating that Trump cannot be logically removed before his inauguration day.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.