Wharton supporters blast Trump's candidacy

Wharton supporters blast Trump's candidacy
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More than 2,000 students, faculty and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school blasted Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE for promoting intolerance in his presidential campaign.

Many in the Wharton community wrote a letter to the presumptive Republican nominee and told him that they are “deeply disappointed” in his candidacy for the White House.


“We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance,” they wrote in an open letter posted to Medium.com.

As of Monday, 2,063 people had signed the letter.

"Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society," they wrote.

They called Wharton “a diverse community” that includes "immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community."

“In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family and allies,” they wrote. 

While the letter didn't make any political endorsements, the group said that "we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.”

Trump, who graduated in 1968, regularly touts his undergraduate degree from the prestigious Wharton School as proof that he is a well-educated, smart businessman who is qualified to run the country.

But the Wharton supporters argued that Trump's rhetoric is instead a danger to U.S. global competitiveness.

“Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy,” they wrote.

“An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative and less competitive America.”

Those who signed the letter said they 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."