Middlebury College in Vermont, a small liberal arts school founded by Protestants who traced their origins to the Puritans, has revoked its honorary degree awarded 15 years ago to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani after its president accused him of “fomenting the violent uprising” in Washington last week.
Middlebury, a school with about 2,500 undergraduate students, announced the decision Tuesday in a one-sentence statement on its website.
Giuliani, 76, a former U.S. district attorney and U.S. associate attorney general, has been President Donald Trump’s primary attorney in his various lawsuits challenging election results in six states.
Middlebury President Laurie Patton blamed Giuliani for “fomenting the violent uprising against our nation’s Capitol building on January 6, 2021— an insurrection against democracy itself,” according to Burlington, Vermont, NBC affiliate WPTZ.
The school bestowed an honorary doctors of law degree in 2005, four years after he led New York City through the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 1, 2001.
The decision came a day after the New York State Bar Association said it had initiated an investigation into whether Giuliani should be removed from its membership roles for his “baseless” efforts “to cast doubt on the veracity of the 2020 presidential election.”
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