- The Washington Times - Monday, July 11, 2016

Thousands of students, alumni and faculty from Donald Trump’s alma mater have signed an open letter condemning the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for “actively and implicitly” endorsing xenophobia, sexism, racism and bigotry.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly reminded the public that he attended Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1968. On Friday, the Wharton community penned a scathing open letter saying the business mogul does not represent them.

“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,” the letter stated. “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,” it continued. “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.”

“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,” the letter said. “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.”

More than 2,000 students, alumni and faculty have signed the letter. Mr. Trump has yet to respond publicly.


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