Scottish University Strips Trump’s Honorary Degree by Jesse Byrnes
Donald Trump’s honorary degree from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, has been stripped due to his recent string of anti-Muslim comments.
A spokesperson for the university claimed that they had no choice but to revoke the degree due to Trump’s recent behavior.
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The Hill reports:
The school said it awarded Trump an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in 2010 “in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman.” The BBC also noted that the real estate tycoon has been dropped as a business ambassador for Scotland.
The fizzled ties come amid global backlash to Trump’s call to temporarily halt the entrance of Muslims into the U.S. amid increasing concerns of terrorism.
A petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the United Kingdom in the wake of his comments drew more than 200,000 signatures on Wednesday.
U.K. Chancellor George Osborne has also called for robust debate on Trump in order to “defeat nonsense like this.” A Downing Street spokesman also reportedly said there were no plans for Trump to visit the U.K.
Trump’s mother was a Scottish immigrant, and the businessman has ties to the region through his luxury golf course in Aberdeenshire.
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