Two university newspapers, The Daily Pennsylvanian and The Wellesley News, have published their endorsements for president in the 2016 election. Those two publications are quite significant since they are written by the alma maters of the two presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee and alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump.
The Wellesley News published its endorsement of their alumna candidate, Hillary Clinton, with no hesitation, saying:
‘While The Wellesley News proudly declares Hillary as an alumna, The Wellesley News would like to articulate that its support for her is not based entirely on this identification, but on her experience, tenacity and sound policies. Overall, and despite political variance, most students at Wellesley support Clinton in this election.’
In a joint statement with The Daily Pennsylvanian, written by Trump’s alma mater, The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, the two editorial boards stressed that the alleged unregistered sex offender does not represent, nor does he reflect, The University of Pennsylvania or its values.
‘Though Clinton embodies her alma mater’s institutional values, Trump does not. It is clear that Trump has failed to dignify the morals of his institution. Penn’s motto, “Leges sine moribus vanae,” translates as “Laws without morals [are] useless.” In evaluating Donald Trump through this context, the Opinion Board cannot say that his actions attest to his morals: He does not embody the spirit of the school.’
The statement also included the fact that University of Pennsylvania students are speaking out and demonstrating their disapproval of alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump. For instance, a feminist art project was featured on campus titled “YOUR BODY YOUR BALLOT” promoting voter registration in protest of the GOP nominee’s words on the leaked 2005 audio from an Access Hollywood segment in which Trump told Billy Bush that, as a star, he can “do anything” to women, even “grab them by the p*ssy.” Anti-rape protests have also been held on campus as a result of those words.
Additionally, alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump’s words even before that leaked audio tape have enraged students at his alma mater. In a petition circulated on campus and online, the students wrote:
‘You do not represent us […] [This petition expresses our outrage] that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance [and we] do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.’
If only everyone understood that alleged unregistered sex offender Donald Trump represents only the worst characteristics among Americans, this election would be no contest.
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