Stefanik removed from Harvard senior advisory committee

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik election night
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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik election night

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has been removed from a Harvard advisory committee over “public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence,” the college’s dean wrote in a letter Tuesday.

Stefanik responded to the removal Tuesday by tweeting that the school was “bowing to the woke Far-Left.”

Stefanik had been a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

Dean Douglas Elmendorf wrote that he had asked Stefanik to step down from the committee. She refused, so he removed her.

“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,” Elmendorf wrote in the letter to committee members and posted to the school’s site. “Moreover, these assertions and statements do not reflect policy disagreements but bear on the foundations of the electoral process through which this country’s leaders are chosen.”

Stefanik, a graduate of Harvard, responded with her own statement shortly after the announcement.

“As a conservative Republican, it is a rite of passage and a badge of honor to join the long line of leaders who have been boycotted, protested, and canceled by colleges and universities across America,” her statement read. “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.”

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The college’s full letter and Stefanik’s full statement are below:

Dean Elmendorf sent the following message to the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

January 12, 2021

To the Members of the Senior Advisory Committee:

Over the past several days, Mark Gearan and I have spent a good deal of time considering the role at the Institute of Politics of our colleague Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, whom I have included in this message. Mark and I have read public materials, listened to students and alumni, and consulted with colleagues at Harvard on this important matter.

Following this consideration, I spoke with Elise and asked her to step aside from the Senior Advisory Committee. 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. Moreover, these assertions and statements do not reflect policy disagreements but bear on the foundations of the electoral process through which this country’s leaders are chosen.

I made this request to Elise mindful of her important contributions to the crucial mission of the Institute of Politics over a long period, beginning with her role as a student leader (she was in the class of 2006) and continuing to her mentoring students and strengthening the IOP’s programming in many ways. I know that we are grateful for her long and committed service.

In my conversation with Elise, she declined to step aside, and I told her that I would therefore remove her from the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee at this time.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to inspire and guide students at Harvard College with their interests in politics and public service.

Best wishes,

Doug

 

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5 Comments

HAROLD HABER

The ongoing re-education of of everyone who isn’t woke is alarming. Unless you believe that white people are inherently evil, the nuclear family is an imperialist invention to control society and our founding fathers were racist and the society is systematically racist then you will be deleted or cancelled.This ideology has brought out the worst elements of our society such as the semi barbaric crazies who trashed our Capitol. I fear for the republic as civil war comes ever closer.

PAUL DEIERLEIN

In my view, here is the heart of the matter: The reason for her removal was stated as follows:

“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.”

But did her response present (or allude to) any evidence to prove her assertions? No. She did not address that at all. Instead, she faulted Harvard for “caving to the far left”………..which is a NON-response, an attempt to fault the accuser without addressing the issue at hand. Very Trumpian, Elise!

I also love the fact that the University initially requested her resignation and she refused. She REFUSED? Seriously? Serving on such a committee is an honor, not a right. How dare she?

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