BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The fallout over the president’s comments about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is coming a bit closer to home.
Lehigh University alumni are asking their alma mater to rescind Donald Trump’s honorary degree.
The university awarded it to Trump back in 1988.
Kelly McCoy, who graduated from Lehigh last year, started the petition. It has garnered more than 9,600 supporters.
Lehigh University said, “If a petition is received, we will handle it through established governance processes.”
University President John D. Simon issued a statement denouncing the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.
The Lehigh College Republicans group also issued a statement concerning the petition.
“Lehigh College Republicans is against revoking President Trump’s honorary degree because it shows to the world that the University, including the students, faculty, and staff, are okay with impulsively rewriting our school’s rich and diverse history and demonstrating an intolerance towards differing opinions. The senior class of 1988 voted for now President Trump as the graduation speaker and that is and always will be a piece of University history. We understand that this is a form of peaceful protest and are proud of our University for engaging solely in demonstrations of this nature. College Republicans will continue to be a place on campus willing to debate ideas in a cordial way, not by making grandiose and completely symbolic gestures that do little to solve the issues facing us as a nation.”