- The Princeton American Vigil Society has voted to deprive Senator Ted Cruz of a public service award.
- Society members voted 37-32 to repeal the honor, The Daily Princetonian reported.
- Cruz has been criticized for his role in the January 6 uprising and the wrong trip to Cancun.
- Visit the Insider Business section for more stories.
America’s oldest collegiate debate society has voted to strip Senator Ted Cruz of his highest honor, according to The Daily Princetonian.
The American Whig-Cliographic Society at Princeton University has accepted a proposal to cancel the James Madison Award for Distinctive Public Service awarded to Cruz in 201
Members of the public proposed the proposal because they were dissatisfied with Cruz’s support for baseless allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election and the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
The award – introduced in 1960 – is given to individuals who “have taken on the difficult but righteous cause of dedicating their lives to improving society,” the society’s website said.
This is the first time in the history of society that members have voted to cancel this award, writes The Daily Princetonian.
After a 90-minute debate, 37 people voted to repeal, 32 voted not to withdraw, and five abstained, the newspaper reported.
Cruz graduated from Princeton in 1992 and was considered a brilliant orator in his youth.
The board of the society will now decide on the trustees whether the award should be officially canceled, according to The Daily Princetonian. They are expected to approve.
Cruz’s approval has increased in recent weeks. An unexpected trip to Cancun, while his home state of Texas experienced a catastrophic winter storm, cost him in the polls.
His approval rating dropped from +6 to -5 between Feb. 18 and 28, according to a Morning Consult survey of more than 2,000 registered voters.
Cruz’s reputation has also been tarnished by his refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
The senator spearheaded the CSO Senate’s efforts to object to the attestation of President Joe Biden’s victory. Several lawmakers called for Cruz to resign after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol minutes after giving a speech on the Senate floor.