Donald Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, one of the top-twenty undergraduate business programs in the country. This is something Trump loves to remind people of, once saying, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance. I’m, like, a really smart person.”
Later, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd that Wharton is “probably the hardest there is to get into,” and that “some of the great business minds in the world have gone to Wharton.”
However, current Wharton students do not feel the same about Donald Trump, and they are sick and tired of Trump using Wharton’s name. In an open letter published Friday on Medium, Wharton students expressed their disappointment and “outrage” at Trump’s candidacy and rhetoric.
The letter states, “We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, 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.”
As of Saturday morning, the letter had garnered over 600 signatures from current and former Wharton undergraduate and graduate students.
The authors of the letter told NBC News, “It was important for us to speak out against Trump because, as we have seen in many moments throughout history, silence is an act of complicity. This open letter speaks on behalf of Wharton students, alumni and faculty who wish to speak out against hate and stand in solidarity with all members of our diverse community — both at Wharton and across America.”
According to NBC News, this is not the first time that Wharton students have expressed dismay at Trump’s political campaign. During a mock caucus held on the campus in February, Trump garnered only vote.