- Lehigh University and Wagner College announced Friday that they will take away President Donald Trump’s honorary degrees.
- Trump received the honorary degree from Lehigh in 1988 after speaking at the institution’s inauguration ceremony. In 2004 he received a diploma from Wagner.
- Both Lehi and Wagner cited the violence caused by the coup attempt at the US Capitol on Wednesday as reasons for the withdrawal.
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Two educational institutions have announced they are revoking their honors awarded to President Donald Trump in light of riots at the Capitol building on Wednesday.
Lehigh University and Wagner College announced the cancellation on Friday.
The board of trustees “voted to repeal and revoke the honorary degree awarded to Donald J. Trump in 1
—LehighU University (@LehighU) January 8, 2021
Lehigh faculty members have been urging the university for years to repeal Trump’s degree, which he received at his inauguration ceremony in 1988. In 2018, nearly 300 Lehigh professors called on the board to repeal the degree. They argued that Trump’s statements and actions as president were not in line with the school’s values, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The trustees did not move.
Wagner’s board also voted Friday to repeal an honorary degree he received from the institution in 2004, according to a statement posted online.
The uprising, which began after Trump encouraged his supporters to protest the election results, has been described as a coup attempt. Riots stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered inside to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Five people were killed, including a police officer. It is reported that members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a group of hatred by the Southern Center for Legal Poverty.
Many lawmakers began taking refuge on the spot after the news broke. Many evacuated the Capitol building. A quick-thinking Senate aide secured the ballot boxes, saving them from possible damage.
Voting to authenticate President-elect Joe Biden continued, as planned, hours after the end of the uprising.
A day after the uprising, Trump said there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20, the day he takes office.
The unrest sparked calls for another impeachment of Trump, this time on charges of “inciting an uprising.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated a note to Republicans saying Trump could not be logistically removed from office before he took office.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.