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New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik is accusing her alma mater, Harvard University, of caving to “the woke Left” after the school’s Institute of Politics on Tuesday dropped her from an advisory committee, citing her public remarks about fraud in the 2020 election.
Harvard distanced itself from the upstate congresswoman as a result of Wednesday’s Capitol riot by President Trump’s supporters after he told them he was robbed of re-election by fraud.
“Congratulations, Harvard, the entire Board of the Institute of Politics now consists only of Joe Biden voters — how reflective of America,” Stefanik said in a statement.
“As a conservative Republican, it is a rite of passage and badge of honor to join the long line of leaders who have been boycotted, protested, and canceled by colleges and universities across America,” she said.
“The decision by Harvard’s administration to cower and cave to the woke Left will continue to erode diversity of thought, public discourse, and ultimately the student experience. The Ivory Tower’s march toward a monoculture of like-minded, intolerant liberal views demonstrates the sneering disdain for everyday Americans and will instill a culture of fear for students who will understand that a conservative viewpoint will not be tolerated and will be silenced.”
Stefanik, 36, graduated from Harvard in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in government.
Douglas Elmendorf, dean at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said he asked Stefanik to resign after reviewing her public statements about the election. He said he was not displaying political bias.
“Following this consideration, I spoke with Elise and asked her to step aside from the Senior Advisory Committee,” Elmendorf said.
“My request was not about political parties, political ideology, or her choice of candidate for president. Rather, in my assessment, Elise has made public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence, and she has made public statements about court actions related to the election that are incorrect.”
Stefanik took a more nuanced position than most House Republicans during two challenges to Biden electors. She voted against a challenge to Arizona’s electors for Biden but for a challenge to Pennsylvania electors.
Before the mob violence, she said, “Tens of millions of Americans are rightly concerned that the 2020 election featured unprecedented voting irregularities, unconstitutional overreach by unelected state officials and judges ignoring state election laws, and a fundamental lack of ballot integrity and security.”
Republicans objected to Arizona electors, citing courts extending a voter registration deadline, which they argued could have made the difference in a state where Biden won by about 10,000 votes. The Senate and House overwhelmingly crushed that objection and Stefanik voted with Democrats and many Republicans against it.
The Stefanik-supported challenge to Pennsylvania electors was based on court rulings allowing mail-in ballots to arrive after Election Day. Biden won Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes and the challenge also was resoundingly defeated after the Capitol break-in.
The riot disrupted but did not prevent certification of Biden’s victory.
The Institute of Politics at Harvard caved to public pressure before, notably including a 2017 decision to withdraw a fellowship that had been granted to WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning. Elmendorf said giving Manning the honor was a “mistake” after many government officials objected.
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