New Century Times
If Donald Trump ever had any friends at all, he’s losing them and he’s losing them quickly. Despite becoming the presumptive nominee of the Republicans party, even members of the GOP have come out against the bombastic billionaire for his racist rhetoric.
Now comes word that even his own Alma Mater, the Wharton School of Finance, one of the top-twenty undergraduate business programs in the country, has come out against the new prince of the Republican party despite the fact that he always brags about the school. In a speech he recently gave in Arizona, Trump said:
“I went to the Wharton School of Finance. I’m, like, a really smart person.”
But in a penned letter to Trump, Wharton students ripped Trump to threads, citing their disappointment and “outrage” at his racism and rhetoric. The letter was published on Medium and signed by 1,079 students:
“Dear Mr. 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.
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.
We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.
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.
We recognize that we are fortunate to be educated at Wharton, and we are committed to using our opportunity to make America and the world a better place — for everyone. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values. Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.
We, the undersigned Wharton students, alumni, and faculty, unequivocally reject the use of your education at Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance. Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society.”
It’s wonderful to see that the future leaders of tomorrow are uniting to send a message to Trump. Their ideals are what America stands for, not the racist rhetoric and divisive message of Donald Trump.