Donald Trump can’t stop bragging about his alma mater, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He spent two years there, graduating from U Penn in 1968 and hasn’t stopped cackling about it since then.
You might think that the school could possibly feel a little proud of having a celebrity graduate. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Wharton released a statement that was formed with the collaborative efforts of current and former students, regarding their most infamous alumnus. To say it isn’t charitable would be putting it nicer than is deserved.
At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America’s highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy. As a candidate for president, and now as the presumptive GOP nominee, you have been afforded a transformative opportunity to be a leader on national and international stages and to make the Wharton community even prouder of our school and values. However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy. The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family and allies.
Co-authors of the letter spoke to NBC News regarding the release of the statement. “It was important for us to speak out against Trump because, as we have seen in many moments throughout history, silence is an act of complicity.”
Let’s just pause there a moment. Silence is an act of complicity. Yes. Yes. 1000 times, yes.
This is exactly the point in speaking out against Trump. This is why every time he does or says something stupid, hateful, or otherwise negative it’s our duty as Americans to shame him for it.
Standing by and not taking him seriously is what gave him the Republican presidential nomination. Standing by and ignoring him more is what could very easily give him the presidency and usher in a dark age for America. Next time someone says “stop making him famous by not talking about him,” remind them of this.
Thank you, Wharton community, for coming together to not only prove that Trump does not represent your fine institution but also to remind us why wannabe dictators and armchair fascists can’t be ignored in society.
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