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Col­lege takes back Rudy honor

- BY LEONARD GREENE U.S. News · Politics · Vermont · Rudy Giuliani · Congress of the United States · Capitol Hill · Middlebury, VT · Washington · Donald Trump · Joe Biden · Joe · Electoral college · U.S. Electoral College · United States of America · New York · New York City · Middlebury College · New York State Bar Association

A lib­eral arts school in Ver­mont re­voked an honorary de­gree it awarded to Rudy Giuliani over the role the pres­i­dent’s per­sonal at­tor­ney played in last week’s vi­o­lent Capi­tol Hill up­ris­ing.

“Mid­dle­bury Col­lege has made the de­ci­sion to re­voke the honorary de­gree it pre­sented to pres­i­den­tial at­tor­ney Ru­dolph Giuliani in 2005, and has com­mu­ni­cated this to Mr. Giuliani’s of­fice,” the school said in a brief state­ment Tues­day.

The move fol­lowed the col­lege’s pres­i­dent, Lau­rie Pat­ton, slam­ming Giuliani in a TV in­ter­view for “fo­ment­ing the vi­o­lent up­ris­ing against our na­tion’s Capi­tol build­ing on Jan. 6, 2021 — an in­sur­rec­tion against democ­racy it­self.”

The for­mer mayor is un­der fire for in­cen­di­ary re­marks made at a Washington rally in the mo­ments be­fore sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Trump stormed the Capi­tol in an as­sault that left five peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Giuliani, warm­ing up Trump, who also made re­marks that ap­peared to egg on the crowd, urged the demon­stra­tors to “have trial by com­bat.”

The in­sur­rec­tion dis­rupted Congress as law­mak­ers were cer­ti­fy­ing Joe Bi­den’s Elec­toral Col­lege vic­tory.

Giuliani, still rid­ing his pop­u­lar­ity as Amer­ica’s Mayor in the years fol­low­ing the 9/11 at­tacks, re­ceived the honorary de­gree in 2005, when he gave the col­lege’s com­mence­ment ad­dress.

Some stu­dents protested his ap­pear­ance at the time, crit­i­ciz­ing his record on race re­la­tions and the city’s re­la­tion­ships with poor and home­less com­mu­ni­ties.

“I don’t think we should be up­set by the fact that we dis­agree,” Giuliani said then. “What we need to re­move is how an­gry we get about it.”

Giuliani is also fac­ing pos­si­ble ex­pul­sion from the New York State Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

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