Donald Trump is known to frequently name drop his alma mater, the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, but how proud is the school of him? Well, according to many of its current and former students, not so much.
The university is one of the eight private Ivy League colleges and universities known for accepting extraordinarily smart students, great test-takers with high scores, and the sons and daughters of famous, and very wealthy people.
Which leads to the question… How on earth did Trump get into the Wharton School? According to Washington Post, he was admitted,
“After an interview with a ’friendly’ Wharton admissions officer who was an old classmate of Trump’s older brother.”
But media’s report that he graduated first in his class is a myth, and members of the Wharton community are getting fed up with the constant association with their famous alumnus.
In a recent open letter they exclaim,
“You do not represent us.”
The letter is signed by more than 500 students, alumni, and faculty unhappy with Trump using his affiliation with the school, to legitimize prejudice and intolerance,
“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 letter continues on a harsher note, explaining why they are taking a stand against everything Trump stands for,
“Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign. 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.”
The writers recognize how fortunate they are to be educated at Wharton, and feel committed to using this opportunity to make America a better place for everyone. This is not in line with Trump’s frequent racist, misogynistic and xenophobic comments, and the letter’s top highlight focus on the writer’s mission,
“We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values.”
The letter, which can be read in full here, ends with the undersigned demanding Trump to stop using,
“Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance.”
Basically, they are telling Trump to f**k off.
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