Liberty University is the Only College That Won’t Rescind Honorary Degree Given to Donald Trump

Evangelical voters love Donald Trump. They were an essential part of the President winning the election in 2016. And while Trump was unable to win the 2020 election, he still has plenty of Evangelical support.

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Liberty University was founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971. The school has awarded Donald Trump an honorary degree on two occasions. And while other colleges have stripped the President of those previous honors, Liberty appears to be in no rush to do so.

Forbes reports, “Donald Trump has been granted five honorary degrees in his lifetime – from Lehigh University in 1988, from Wagner College in 2004, from Robert Gordon University in Scotland in 2010, and from Liberty University, which granted honorary degrees to Mr. Trump on two occasions – 2012 and 2017. But as of today, only one of those institutions – Liberty University – has not revoked the honorary degrees originally granted to Mr. Trump.”

Both Wagner and Lehigh rescinded the degrees on Thursday. Lehigh’s Dr. John Simon said in a statement yesterday:

Yesterday we witnessed a violent assault on the foundations of our democracy – the abiding respect for the will of the people exercised in a free election and the peaceful transfer of power. I sincerely hope we can turn the sadness and anger that the lawlessness in our nation’s capital has evoked into motivation to make our nation more just. I trust that it will inspire us to redouble our efforts to unite our country and encourage the peaceful pursuit of governance, guided by truth and reason. We have much work to do.


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