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Students, Faculty at Trump’s Alma Mater Disavow Him

Members of the Wharton community have written an open letter to Donald Trump, calling him out for his divisive political rhetoric.

The Hill reports:

A group of students, alumni and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s business school are backing an open letter disavowing Donald Trump and announcing their commitment to an “open and inclusive American society.”

The letter says students at The Wharton School are taught “to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity” and “embrace humility and diversity.”

“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 says.

“However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy.”

People at Wharton are “outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance,” the letter says.

The letter declines to make a formal endorsement, but it condemns bigotry.

“We represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family, and allies,” the letter says.

“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.”

The letter signers said they reject Trump’s “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,” the letter says, “and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society.”

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