When you’re in the public eye and you want to brag about your past to help you in the present, the first thing you should do is make sure the past doesn’t hate you. Unfortunately for Donald Trump, and fortunately for those of us who enjoy laughing at him, he neglected to do that.
Donald attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania during his college years. He spent two years there before graduating from U Penn in 1968. Since then, he’s bragged about it extensively to anyone who would listen.
Given the infamy he’s gained for himself in the recent past, you can imagine how the Wharton School must feel about the fact he won’t stop reminding the world that he went there. It isn’t a usual move for a school to speak ill of its graduates for obvious reasons, but in Donald’s case they’ve made an exception.
Current and former students along with school faculty recently released a statement regarding Wharton’s most infamous alumnus. To say it isn’t charitable would be putting it mildly.
At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America’s highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy. As a candidate for president, and now as the presumptive GOP nominee, you have been afforded a transformative opportunity to be a leader on national and international stages and to make the Wharton community even prouder of our school and values. However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy. The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family and allies.
Co-authors of the letter spoke to NBC News regarding the release of the statement. “It was important for us to speak out against Trump because, as we have seen in many moments throughout history, silence is an act of complicity.”
Silence is an act of complicity. That’s the single best thing anyone has said about Trump in months.
This is exactly the point in speaking out against Trump. This is why every time he does or says something stupid, hateful, or otherwise negative it’s our duty as Americans to shame him for it.
Standing by and not taking him seriously is what gave him the Republican presidential nomination. Standing by and ignoring him more is what could very easily give him the presidency and usher in a dark age for America. Next time someone says “stop talking about him; it only makes him famous.” remind them of this.
Thank you, Wharton community, for coming together to not only prove that Trump does not represent your fine institution but also to remind us why wannabe dictators and armchair fascists can’t be ignored in society.