It not a big surprise that NBC News published an article on Friday that students, faculty and alumni of Wharton University, the alma mater of Donald Trump, are not in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
As expected, it didn’t tell the entire story.
“Wharton Students to Trump: You Do Not Represent Us” the headline blared. A damning condemnation of the man set to take on Hillary Clinton for the highest office in the land.
The news organization cited an open letter, written by current and former students of the prestigious university, in which they distanced themselves from Trump.
“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,” the letter read. “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.”
Trump haters on social media jumped on the letter, as proof that the students and faculty have disavowed Trump.
“Wharton Students to Trump”: we don’t like racist talking yams either. I needed some good news.
— Mayasattva (@mayasattva) July 9, 2016
Wharton students to Trump ‘#GOP & you represent everything that is ugly,distasteful,bad & bigoted in country & you represent a direct threat
— Gan K. Nathan (@ganeshk1102) July 9, 2016
NBC declared it received “more than 500 signatures from students, alumni and faculty in the week since it was made public.”
Sounds damaging, doesn’t it?
A cursory visit to the Wharton University website reveals the school has 225 standing faculty members, 241, non-standing faculty members, 4,931 students in degree programs, 9,200 executive education participants and approximately 94,000 alumni.
As of this writing, the open letter has 602 signatures out of a possible 108,597.
That’s a whopping 0.55 percent of possible signatures.
But the headline “Less than one percent of Wharton students and faculty don’t like Trump” probably didn’t fit the narrative NBC was going for.
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