The Republican rep. Elise Stefanik receives the boot from the Harvard Institute of Politics.
The school announced Tuesday that the four-year-old congresswoman from upstate New York and strong supporter of President Trump was removed from her senior advisory committee in the wake of last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol over her “public allegations of voter fraud in the November presidential election. which has no evidence base. “
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“She has made public statements about election trials that are incorrect,”
Stefanik joined nearly 150 fellow Republicans in supporting Trump’s failed push to turn his presidential election defeat into the hands of President-elect Joe Biden. Their votes came after the storm of the Capitol hours earlier on Wednesday by presidential supporters urged by Trump to march to the Capitol and show strength as they protested against congressional certification of the election.
Elmendorf said in her letter that the school initially asked Stefanik to withdraw from the committee, and when she declined, “I told her I would therefore remove her from the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee at this time.”
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The congresswoman shoots back, calling her removal at Harvard University “a rite of passage and a mark of honor.”
“The decision by the Harvard administration to bow and cave to the awakened left will continue to destroy the diversity of thought,” Stefanik tweeted. “Ivory Tower’s march toward a monoculture of like-minded, intolerant liberal views demonstrates the mocking contempt for everyday Americans and will instill a culture of fear for students.”
Stefanik has resisted calls since last week’s uprising at the Capitol to resign.
The congresswoman who distanced herself from Trump during the 2016 election has in recent years become one of his strongest supporters in Parliament, speaking at last summer’s Republican National Conference. She has been considered a rising star in the GOP.
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Stefanki is also a 2006 Harvard graduate.
Elmendorf highlighted “her important contributions to the crucial mission of the Department of Politics over a long period of time, beginning with her role as student leader (she was in class in 2006) and continuing to mentor students and strengthen IOP programming in many ways. I know, that we are grateful for her long and dedicated service. “
Harvard’s Institute of Politics has faced criticism, controversy and plenty of national media attention in recent years for inviting Trump’s political adviser Corey Lewandowski and Sean Spicer, the president’s first White House press secretary, as fellows.