- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rep. Elise Stefanik said Tuesday she considers it a “badge of honor” to be canceled by intolerant liberals after she was removed from an advisory committee at Harvard University over her allegations of voter fraud in the November election.

“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,” the New York Republican 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.”

The Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School had announced earlier Tuesday that Ms. Stefanik was removed from the committee after she refused to step down.

“My request was not about political parties, political ideology, or her choice of candidate for president,” Dean of Faculty Douglas Elmendorf said in a letter to the committee announcing his decision. “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. 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.”

“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,” he added.

Ms. Stefanik, who graduated from Harvard in 2006, said in her statement that she will “relish” in this moment as an opportunity to stand up for free speech.

“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 and will be silenced,” she wrote.

“During my time in Congress serving on the House Committee on Education and Labor, I have already taken on Harvard and won,” she continued. “Building a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress who successfully fought against Harvard’s unconstitutional attack on freedom of association for single-sex organizations remains one of my proudest achievements. I relish the opportunity to stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of thought on college campuses across America. 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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