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Politics 'Incredible stupidity': Trump blasts Princeton's decision to strip Woodrow Wilson's name from school

17:28  29 june  2020
17:28  29 june  2020 Source:   politico.com

New Jersey governor no longer using Woodrow Wilson's desk

  New Jersey governor no longer using Woodrow Wilson's desk New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has ended his use of a desk formerly owned by Woodrow Wilson as reassessments of the United States' racial history have led to fresh scrutiny of the former governor and 28th president's racist policies.Social media took notice of the desk when Murphy tweeted a picture of himself behind it observing a moment of silence for George Floyd, the unarmed Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis in May, leading some to point out the irony, as Wilson oversaw the re-segregation of the federal workforce and hosted a screening of the pro-Ku Klux Klan film "Birth of a Nation" at the White House.

On Saturday, Princeton announced the removal of Wilson ’ s name from its public and international affairs school as well as a residential building. Trump ’s condemnation of Princeton ’ s decision follows his recent defense of American historical figures whose place in society is being reevaluated.

President Trump on Monday criticized Princeton University for removing Woodrow Wilson ’ s name from its school of public and international affairs and called a push to remove John Wayne’ s name from a California airport “ incredible stupidity .”

President Donald Trump on Monday said Princeton University’s decision to remove former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from buildings on its campus was “incredible stupidity,” the latest instance of the president wading into the debate over how the United States reckons with historical figures tied to racism.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump. © Patrick Semansky/AP Photo President Donald Trump.

“Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center,” Trump wrote in a tweet Monday morning. “Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport. Incredible stupidity!”

Monmouth University to Remove Woodrow Wilson’s Name From Building

  Monmouth University to Remove Woodrow Wilson’s Name From Building Monmouth University in New Jersey said it will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its marquee building after administrators, professors and students said that the former president held abhorrent views on race and reinstituted segregation in the federal work force. The decision contrasted with a vote by Princeton University’s trustees in 2016 to keep Wilson’s name on campus buildings and programs, despite student protests that led to a review of his legacy there. Monmouth’s trustees also voted in 2016 to keep Wilson’s name on an elaborate 1929 mansion that is the campus’s crown jewel.

Princeton University will remove former President Woodrow Wilson ’ s name from its public policy school and a residential college, the Click here to get the fox news app. The trustees acknowledged that the decision to change the names might seem “harsh,” but remain committed to

Princeton University announced Saturday that it will remove former President Woodrow Wilson ' s name from its Public and International Affairs School , citing the former president' s "racist thinking and policies.

On Saturday, Princeton announced the removal of Wilson’s name from its public and international affairs school as well as a residential building. Pulling Wilson's name from its high-profile positions on campus was the subject of student demands and protests opposing racism and police brutality.

As president from 1913 to 1921, Wilson implemented racist policies such as resegregating federal government workers. Wilson also served as president of Princeton in the early 1900s and blocked Black students from applying.

“The trustees concluded that Woodrow Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must stand firmly against racism in all its forms,” said Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton’s president, in a statement Saturday.

The Troll Campaign to Rename Yale

  The Troll Campaign to Rename Yale The name of the university has long been divorced in meaning from the life of Elihu Yale, a slave trader.I teach part-time at Yale, so if the university were not totally empty because of the pandemic, I might be able to hear the burbling of student opinion on these issues directly. (My position is not particularly exalted. I don’t speak for Yale and have no part in its decisions.) Instead, I am stuck listening to the chorus of trolls and imps who are driving this debate online, and occasionally fooling normal people into taking positions on their terms. We have a moral duty to avoid confected controversies such as these.

Princeton University will remove the name of President Woodrow Wilson from its school of public policy and a residential college, the school said in a statement. White House on Trump ' s push to reestablish law and order: The president is always prepared to act.

Princeton University will remove the name of President Woodrow Wilson from its school of public policy and a residential college, the school said in a statement Saturday.

Trump’s condemnation of Princeton’s decision follows his recent defense of American historical figures whose place in society is being reevaluated. The president signed an executive order last week aimed at protecting monuments and statues, vowing to crack down on protesters toppling monuments of Confederate leaders and past U.S. presidents.

At a rally with college students last week, Trump decried what he called the “totalitarian” left for wanting to take down monuments to slaveowners and Confederate figures.

“They hate our history, they hate our values, and they hate everything we prize as Americans,” the president said in Phoenix. “Our country didn’t grow great with them. It grew great with you and your thought process and your ideology. The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage, so they can replace it with a new oppressive regime that they alone control."

Trump’s tweeted reference of John Wayne is in reaction to a movement from California Democrats to remove the actor’s name from an Orange County airport. Local politicians say Wayne should not be commemorated due to his comments in favor of white supremacy in a 1971 Playboy interview.

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