More than 1,000 Harvard alumni have signed onto an open letter urging the university to rescind its fellowship offers to former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerBiden administration competency doubts increase Overnight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal MORE and former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface MORE.
"Sean Spicer served as the mouthpiece for an administration that runs counter to the values Harvard purports to embody," states the letter, addressed to Harvard President Drew Faust and the Harvard Institute of Politics Leadership.
"Corey Lewandowski, who managed a campaign that began with racist provocation and continued with rampant misogyny, was ousted from the Trump orbit after assaulting a female reporter, and has supplemented his notoriety with ignorant fulminations on national newscasts," it adds.
The petition was first reported by The Daily Beast.
Harvard announced last week that Lewandowski and Spicer would join the Institute of Politics as visiting fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.
It was also announced that Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth Manning Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 Julian Assange stripped of Ecuadorian citizenship Biden DOJ to continue to seek Assange extradition MORE would join as a visiting fellow. Her invitation was withdrawn two days later amid backlash that included the resignation of former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell from his post as a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.
In the letter calling for Spicer's and Lewandowski's offers to be rescinded, the alumni argue that the two men do not add to a constructive political discourse at the university.
"We recognize the importance of representing a broad slate of different ideologies in the education of Harvard undergraduates," the letter reads. "But there are many who advance conservative ideals, and can enlighten students about America’s geographic and ideological diversity, without serving as mouthpieces for the worst our country has to offer."