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Sen. Fetterman: Sen. Romney Could 'Recalibrate' Leftist Harvard

By    |   Tuesday, 23 April 2024 10:56 AM EDT

It isn't his idea, but Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., is wholly in favor of building support for outgoing Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to be the next president of Harvard and "recalibrate" the Ivy League school from its "far-left orthodoxy."

Fetterman took to social media Monday to "co-sign" on an idea generated in a Washington Post op-ed last week. "Lifelong Democrat" and Harvard alum Daniel Rosen wrote an opinion piece on April 16 titled, "Harvard is in an almighty mess. Let Mitt Romney clean it up."

Fetterman's all for it.

"As an alumnus of Harvard, and after this mad season of antisemitism at Columbia, I co-sign. This former Governor of Massachusetts doesn't need a paycheck, but Harvard and its academic peers needs [sic] to recalibrate from far-left orthodoxy," Fetterman said in a post to X, linking to Rosen's op-ed.

Romney is also a Harvard alum.

In his op-ed, after brushing aside any connection to Romney or his political ideals, Rosen suggested Romney to lead Harvard "in the sincere and robust hope that he is someone who can navigate the university through painful but necessary reform and drive back the antisemitism that is tarnishing the institution's credibility."

"I find it devastating that Harvard has failed to vigorously address the unchecked antisemitism on campus," Rosen wrote. "To my dismay, recent years have seen an unconscionable spike in — and even worse, an administrative tolerance of — hate speech directed at Jews, including targeting Jewish students. The university's response has thus far been ramshackle and unproductive, to put it mildly."

Rosen invoked the "disastrous congressional testimony" of erstwhile President Claudine Gay, who in December told a House panel that calling for the genocide of Jews at Harvard was a matter of context when deciding whether it violated the school's code of conduct. She resigned weeks later over a plagiarism scandal that followed in the wake of her testimony.

Romney co-signed a letter to Gay and other Harvard administrators in October, weeks after Hamas slaughtered more than 1,200 mostly Israeli civilians, slamming the university for "deafening" silence "amidst the meteoric rise in antisemitism."

"What matters more than political leanings is that Romney has the moral courage and independence to identify the root sources of antisemitism at the university, address the decline in Jewish student applications and enrollment, and teach a new generation of young adults the importance of mutual tolerance and civilized coexistence," Rosen wrote.

Romney, 77, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, announced last year he would not seek a second term in the Senate.

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.

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It isn't his idea, but Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., is wholly in favor of building support for outgoing Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to be the next president of Harvard and "recalibrate" the Ivy League school from its "far-left orthodoxy."
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