Donald Trump has been granted five honorary degrees in his lifetime – from Lehigh University in 1988, from Wagner College in 2004, from Robert Gordon University in Scotland in 2010, and from Liberty University, which granted honorary degrees to Mr. Trump on two occasions – 2012 and 2017.

But as of today, only one of those institutions- Liberty University – has not revoked the honorary degree it originally granted to Mr. Trump.

  • Robert Gordon rescinded the degree it awarded in 2015, after determining that Trump had “made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university.”
  • Yesterday, both Lehigh and Wagner followed suit, after the storming and siege at the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday which followed a speech by the president that many saw as inciting the violence. In his remarks to the crowd, Trump called the election he lost “this egregious assault on our democracy.” He then urged his supporters to “walk down to the Capitol. We are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we are probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them — because you will never take back our country with weakness.”
  • That leaves Liberty.

Here is what Liberty President Jerry Falwell, Jr., said about Trump after introducing him as the keynote speaker for Liberty’s 2017 Commencement, the event at which the university conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws upon the 45th President of the United States:

“I decided in January 2016 that a man with these qualities who was willing to risk his business empire, his comfortable lifestyle, his reputation, and whose family was willing to sacrifice their privacy, all for the country they loved and for the benefit of the American people, was a man who should lead the United States of America out of its state of decline.”

Falwell, who has since been forced out at Liberty following his own sex scandal, also praised Trump’s “commitment to his country and to the citizens who have been forgotten by their own government, his unwavering determination to make America great again, and his bold leadership of our nation.”

In 2012, Liberty awarded Trump an honorary doctorate of business in recognition of his “unwavering and public commitment to our nation’s founding principles of limited government, individual liberty, and the free enterprise system, and in further recognition of his iconic status as one of America’s most successful visionaries and entrepreneurs.” At that convocation ceremony, Falwell introduced Trump as “one of the greatest visionaries of out time.”

As of today, Liberty has not announced any moves to revoke the degrees it bestowed on Trump. According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for Liberty did not respond to requests for comments.

Obviously, events and decisions concerning President Trump are unfolding at a very rapid pace. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before Liberty decides it too needs to pull the honors it’s given to Mr. Trump. But then again, perhaps not.



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