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Trump stripped of Lehigh university honorary degree


President Donald Trump has been stripped of his 1988 Lehigh University honorary degree over statements and actions that they viewed as violating the schools values.

Forbes reported that the university’s faculty members have had plans to strip him off the degree for years and almost succeeded in 2018, when they voted overwhelmingly (296-50)  but the board of trustees declined to do so.

However, the decision was made this week and he was successfully stripped by the Executive Committee of the board which voted for the recision, which the entire board affirmed on Friday after a domestic terrorist attack at the US Capitol.

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Lehigh University President John D. Simon issued a statement condemning the attack on Thursday.

Trump’s week went from bad to worse following a failed attempt to scupper president-elect Joe Biden’s certification by the US Congress after pro-Trump mobs invaded the Capital Hill building on Wednesday, leaving at least four dead in the violent protests.

The outcome led to his suspension from Facebook and Instagram until the end of the January 20 inauguration which he said he won’t attend.

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Twitter has also blocked him indefinitely after initially barring him for 12 hours for saying he “loved” the rioters and explained the insurrection as “things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away”.

This is not the first time that Lehigh has revoked an honorary degree. In 2015, it was one of several universities to yank Bill Cosby’s degree after depositions were made public concerning his sexual assaults, Forbes added.

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Meanwhile, the president’s actions could end up costing him his seat with 11 days to the end of his tenure with congressmen, including Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, backing Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment which will see Trump impeached as president.