Five years after bestowing on current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump an honorary degree, Robert Gordon University in Scotland is taking it back.
The degree was awarded “in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman,” per a university statement. But, “in the course of the current U.S. election campaign, Mr. Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
The announcement came two days after Trump called for barring all Muslims from entering the United States, which was only the latest in a long line of controversial statements from him.
Awarding the honorary degree in the first place attracted some controversy. David Kennedy, former principal of Robert Gordon University, returned his own honorary degree in protest over the university awarding one to Trump.
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