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New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik was removed from a politics advisory board at Harvard University over claims of voting irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.
“Over the past several days, Mark Gearan and I have spent a good deal of time considering the role at the Institute of Politics of our colleague Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, whom I have included in this message,” Dean Douglas Elmendorf wrote to the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, which Gearan heads.
“Mark and I have read public materials, listened to students and alumni, and consulted with colleagues at Harvard on this important matter,” Elmendorf continued.
“Following this consideration, I spoke with Elise and asked her to step aside from the Senior Advisory Committee. My request was not about political parties, political ideology, or her choice of candidate for president,” he wrote.
“Rather, in my assessment, Elise has made public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence, and she has made public statements about court actions related to the election that are incorrect,” wrote Elmendorf. “Moreover, these assertions and statements do not reflect policy disagreements but bear on the foundations of the electoral process through which this country’s leaders are chosen.
“I made this request to Elise mindful of her important contributions to the crucial mission of the Institute of Politics over a long period, beginning with her role as a student leader (she was in the class of 2006) and continuing to her mentoring students and strengthening the IOP’s programming in many ways. I know that we are grateful for her long and committed service,” he noted further.
“In my conversation with Elise, she declined to step aside, and I told her that I would therefore remove her from the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee at this time,” Elmendorf said.
Last week, Stefanik joined scores of other House Republicans in objecting to slates of electors from states where officials altered voting rules and procedures ahead of the Nov. 3 General Election. Stefanik and others have said they believe those changes were unconstitutional because they were not made by state legislatures and appeared to violate existing state election laws.
Nevertheless, her objection led more than 750 Harvard students and alumni to petition for her removal from the board.
In response, the New York Republican blasted the decision, saying that the board now consists “only of Joe Biden voters.”
“As a conservative Republican, it is a rite of passage and badge of honor to join the long line of leaders who have been boycotted, protested, and canceled by colleges and universities across America,” Stefanik said in a statement.
“The decision by Harvard’s administration to cower and cave to the woke Left will continue to erode diversity of thought, public discourse, and ultimately the student experience,” she continued. “The Ivory Tower’s march toward a monoculture of like-minded, intolerant liberal views demonstrates the sneering disdain for everyday Americans and will instill a culture of fear for students who will understand that a conservative viewpoint will not be tolerated.”
“I relish the opportunity to stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of thought on college campuses across America,” she added. “Congratulations Harvard, the entire Board of the Institute of Politics now consists only of Joe Biden voters — how reflective of America.”
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