Many Americans believe Trump's response to the deadly Charlottesville protest was the last straw. In recent days, graduates from ultra-conservative Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school, have been returning their degrees to protest university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s continuing support of Trump.
Now, students and alumni from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania believe that Trump should have his honorary law degree from the university rescinded. Lehigh awarded Trump the degree in 1988 after he gave a commencement address.
The petition has amassed almost 30,000 signatures. When it reaches its goal of 35,000, it will be delivered to Lehigh University President John D. Simon. Lehigh's current student body is only about 7,000, which may be an indication of their level of outrage.
In the Change.org petition, McCoy states:
In 2011, Lehigh faculty and students drafted the "Principles of our Equitable Community," a document that contains guidelines for making Lehigh a more diverse and welcoming atmosphere for its students. These principles are antithetical to the behaviors and statements of Donald Trump during his presidency and on the campaign trail. Allowing Donald Trump to retain his honorary degree represents a hollow and superficial ideological commitment from Lehigh to these principles.
He should be stripped of anything tied to honor, and seriously he was given an honorary law degree?— Jounda Strong (@JoundaStrong) August 19, 2017
Yes I agree! I went to the university who awarded him with the honorary degree. My school is big on getting donors....— Young Stoic (@MotivatedStoic) August 19, 2017
They probably gave him the award because they got some money out of it. Quite a shame. But doesn't surprise me from what I've experienced.— Young Stoic (@MotivatedStoic) August 19, 2017
Thank you for your kind words from beyond the veil 😊— Kelly McCoy (@slightlydaft909) August 18, 2017