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Sunday, November 20, 2016

129 College Presidents Send Letter Asking President-Elect Trump To Condemn 'Harassment, Hate And Acts Of Violence'

Trump (President Elect)Inside High Ed:

Dear President-elect Trump,

As do you, we “seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.” In order to maintain the trust required for such productive engagement, it is essential that we immediately reaffirm the core values of our democratic nation: human decency, equal rights, freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination. As college and university presidents, we commit ourselves to promoting these values on our campuses and in our communities, and we stand alongside the business, nonprofit, religious and civic leaders who are doing the same in organizations large and small.

In light of your pledge to be “President for all Americans,” we urge you to condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office. In our schools, on job sites and college campuses, on public streets and in coffee shops, members of our communities, our children, our families, our neighbors, our students and our employees are facing very real threats, and are frightened.

One of the roles of leaders is to protect and empower the most vulnerable. As president-elect, this responsibility rests heavily on you. Let this be a mark of your leadership.

Presidents and Chancellors Who Signed Letter (alphabetical by institution) ...

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Comments

I'm hoping DJT responds with a tweet like "Kiss off, sanctimonious poseurs".

Posted by: Art Deco | Nov 20, 2016 11:03:28 AM

Sadly, these professional educators already have a problem far worse - the patients who are running the asylum.

Posted by: Tom N. | Nov 20, 2016 1:49:51 PM

Right on, Deco. It's amazing isn't it, how tone deaf some of these people are.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Nov 20, 2016 2:23:34 PM

This will be the best laugh of the week.

Colleges and universities create so-called progressive, leftist, mindless human products. Whose only skill is hate, violence. and harassment. And they, the presidents of same, want Trump to denounce the traits of their minions? How about they look in the mirror. Or, better yet, ask the current POTUS to apologize for the most despicable divisive pandering in modern history.

Posted by: Diogenes | Nov 21, 2016 4:15:58 AM

He already has condemned the violence. Pay attention.

Posted by: Pam | Nov 21, 2016 4:27:18 AM

The simple response for President-elect Trump would be, "You first."

Posted by: bflat879 | Nov 21, 2016 4:29:03 AM

Sure, as soon as they commit to provide the same protection for conservative students on their campuses.

Posted by: Ed Vidal | Nov 21, 2016 4:40:17 AM

What's even more ludicrous is that the bulk of the acts of hatred and harassment in and out of the nation's universities are being spearheaded by Left-Wing students sore that Hillary lost.

The College Presidents should be writing to the DNC, Obama, Hillary and media outlets.

Posted by: Martin Knight | Nov 21, 2016 5:49:17 AM

A third-grader can see that almost all these acts of "harrassment, hate and acts of violence" are coming from Obama and Hillary supporters angry about this election. Logic would suggest that this call be directed at them.

But perhaps setting 'smart as a third-grader' is too high a bar for the current crop of university presidents.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Nov 21, 2016 5:56:34 AM

He has already condemned violence nearly a week ago on national TV. He should encourage them to follow his lead and make it clear that they are against all violence however motivated. End with "I am waiting".

Posted by: Ray Van Dune | Nov 21, 2016 6:02:11 AM

Maybe they should write to Hillary and B. Obama. You know what those two have said about the protest/riots - - NOTHING.

Posted by: Paul Johns | Nov 21, 2016 6:48:37 AM

these comments are scary. We truly have a demigod in the making.
"those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire

Posted by: maria fernadez | Nov 21, 2016 8:18:05 AM

Trump should respond with an assurance he does stand for protection from harassment, and to that end will all of the signatories of the letters join with him in condemning all acts of harassment and hate speech and suppression directed against conservatives, conservative speakers invited to campuses, which is far more common on college campuses than any other form of harassment or hate.

Posted by: styrgwillidar | Nov 21, 2016 9:08:41 AM

Obama has encouraged rioters, not been silent.

“There’s not a president in our history that at some point hasn’t been subject to these protests,” Obama said at a press conference in Berlin on Thursday, noting that protesters have at times railed against him.

“So I would not advise people who feel strongly or are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent,” he added.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 22, 2016 5:08:17 AM

He also encouraged the Ferguson riots.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama ‘was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. "

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 22, 2016 5:09:53 AM