June 23, 2021

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These Businesses and Institutions Are Cutting Ties With Trump

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“In light of this week’s violent, shocking assault on the United States Capitol, and the votes of some members of Congress to subvert the results of November’s election by challenging Electoral College results, BCBSA will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,” Kim Keck, the group’s president and chief executive, said. “While a contrast of ideas, ideological differences and partisanship are all part of our politics, weakening our political system and eroding public confidence in it must never be.”

The hotel giant Marriott International said it was taking similar action.

“We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our political action committee to those who voted against certification of the election,” a spokesman said.

Last week, two institutions announced that they had rescinded the honorary degrees they had previously awarded to Mr. Trump.

Lehigh University in Pennsylvania awarded Mr. Trump a degree in 1988, after its president called the real estate developer a “symbol of our age — all the daring and energy that the word tycoon conjures up.” On Friday, two days after the attack on the Capitol, the university said in a statement that its board of trustees had “voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree.”

Wagner College on Staten Island — the New York City borough where Mr. Trump has remained popular — announced on Friday that its board of trustees had voted to rescind the degree it gave to Mr. Trump in 2004. No explanation was given.

In 2017, both Lehigh and Wagner considered revoking the degrees given to Mr. Trump, but declined to do so, after Mr. Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” who violently clashed in Charlottesville, Va., over the efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee.

In December 2015, as Mr. Trump campaigned for the presidency, Robert Gordon University in Britain announced it had revoked the honorary degree it awarded to Mr. Trump just five years earlier. During the campaign, a university spokesman said, Mr. Trump had made “a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university.”

Neil Vigdor and Azi Paybarah

2021-01-11 13:46:41

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