Rick Snyder on Wednesday retired from a research community at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and turned the course less than a week after his announced appointment was blowback over the former governor's handling of the Flint water crisis.
"It would have been exciting to share my experiences, both positive and negative, our current political environment and its lack of civilization also make it disturbing," Snyder said in a tweet announcing he had rejected the offer. I wish them the best. " Narration continued below
Snyder has been prevented from addressing the water crisis sooner and not to be aware that most of the black cities' water supply had been contaminated with toxic levels of l ead after officials began pulling from Flint River without treating it with corrosion agents. He publicly apologized for the crisis in 2016 and acknowledged "all levels of government failure". While the pollution began on his watch under the supervision of Snyder's employee, the former governor has also blamed federal and city officials for the failure.  Last month, the Michigan prosecutors announced that they dropped charges against eight former officials and instead launched a new, more expansive probe, as some Flint residents still face contaminated water until today.
In a press release that designated Snyder's Friday's deal Jeffrey Liebman, head of the school's Taubman State and Local Government Center, Snyder praised the former governor's "substantial expertise in leadership, public policy, and advancement of civilization. " The original release did not mention the Flint water crisis.
Limited governor left office earlier this year and was beaten to start the post at Harvard Monday.
But the message was met with rapid setbacks on social media. Mari Kopeny, an activist for her hometown, better known as Little Miss Flint, cracked the appointment and wrote on Twitter that Snyder should instead be imprisoned over his role in the Flint crisis. Opposition swelled behind hashtag #NoSnyderAppointment.
Snyder is the latest member of a Kennedy School post to cause a public outbreak. Earlier this year, the school revoked an offer to whistleblower Chelsea Manning for criticism from then CIA director Mike Pompeo. Before that, the school was received after giving scholarships to President Donald Trump's first press secretary Sean Spicer and former Trump campaign leader Corey Lewandowski.
His withdrawal also comes at a time when conservatives – as well as Trump and his administration – have raised political intolerance on university campuses.
Prior to his retirement, Snyder said in a statement released through the school that he was "thrilled to join the talented faculty and staff at the forefront of improving public order, civic engagement and innovation. in state and local government. I am looking forward to sharing my experience helping Michigan get national leadership in job creation, improving government performance, and civilization. "