CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (WWNY) - Harvard University has removed north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik from a committee she served on, because of Stefanik’s challenge to the results of the presidential election.
In a statement Tuesday morning, the Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf, said he “spoke with Elise and asked her to step aside from the Senior Advisory Committee.”
“Elise has made public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence, and she has made public statements about court actions related to the election that are incorrect.
“Moreover, these assertions and statements do not reflect policy disagreements but bear on the foundations of the electoral process through which this country’s leaders are chosen.”
When Stefanik declined to step aside, Elmendorf removed her from the committee.
In response, Stefanik said in a statement Tuesday “I relish the opportunity to stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of thought on college campuses across America.
“Congratulations Harvard, the entire Board of the Institute of Politics now consists only of Joe Biden voters - how reflective of America.”
“The decision by Harvard’s administration to cower and cave to the woke Left will continue to erode diversity of thought, public discourse, and ultimately the student experience.” Stefanik said in her statement.
“The Ivory Tower’s march toward a monoculture of like-minded, intolerant liberal views demonstrates the sneering disdain for everyday Americans and will instill a culture of fear for students who will understand that a conservative viewpoint will not be tolerated and will be silenced.”
Stefanik objected to the results of the presidential election in four key states won by Joe Biden, claiming there were constitutional issues with how the vote was conducted in those states. That’s even though courts upheld the vote in the states in question - Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin - and recounts did not change the results.
After the storming of the Capitol last Wednesday, Stefanik was one of the Republican legislators who continued to voice opposition, during a late-night session which ended with Biden’s victory being certified by Congress.
Stefanik is also the target of an online petition on change.org, demanding she resign from office. As of Tuesday morning, just under 16,000 people had signed it.
All that said, Stefanik won reelection as a close ally to President Trump, and it’s not clear that sticking with the president will do her any political harm. Indeed, it may help her.
Over the weekend, Stefanik said she is opposed to impeaching President Trump. She’s also opposed to using the 25th Amendment to get him out of office.
A Marist poll after last Wednesday’s riots found that among Republicans, 69 percent believe President Trump is at “little or no fault” for what happened, despite President Trump having encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol and challenge Congress’s vote, and even though the president repeated his discredited claim that the election was stolen from him and that there was widespread fraud.