Jul 09, 2016 7:27 PM GMT
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wharton-students-trump-you-do-not-represent-us-n605871Donald Trump loves to name-check his alma mater, the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His two-year tenure at the school is an important pillar of his public persona that he's used not only to burnish his business credentials but to contrast his academic pedigree with his political rivals.
But some members of the Wharton community are fed up with their famous alumnus.
A recent open letter, penned by current and former Wharton students and directed at their own brethren as well as the public at large, has a stern and unequivocal message for the real estate mogul: "You do not represent us."
"At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America's highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy," the open letter reads. "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. However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy."
The letter, which has already garnered more than 500 signatures from students, alumni and faculty in the week since it was made public, goes on to criticize the GOP contender for using his affiliation with the school to "legitimize prejudice and intolerance."