Sen. John Fetterman dramatically whips off Harvard hood at Yeshiva University commencement

Sen. John Fetterman advised Yeshiva University graduates Wednesday that he was “profoundly disappointed” in Harvard University’s lack of ability to handle antisemitism on campus earlier than eradicating the ceremonial crimson tutorial hood representing his alma mater.

The Pennsylvania Democrat expressed his disapproval with the Ivy League faculty throughout his commencement deal with for the personal Orthodox Jewish college, which bestowed him with its “Hero of Israel” award, the establishment’s highest honor. 

“I have been profoundly disappointed [in] Harvard’s inability to stand up for the Jewish community after Oct. 7,” Fetterman, 54, advised the brand new grads at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens. 

“Personally, I do not fundamentally believe that it is right for me to wear this today,” the senator added as he eliminated the Harvard hood, figuring out him as an alum, from round his neck. 

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Fetterman took off his Harvard University tutorial hood throughout a speech to Yeshiva University grads. REUTERS

Fetterman, a staunch supporter of Israel’s warfare in opposition to Hamas, obtained a standing ovation after the symbolic gesture. 

“The Jewish community everywhere deserves our support,” he added. “And I promise you will always have mine.” 

Fetterman’s remarks have been nicely obtained, and he was noticed dancing with students and school leaders after delivering his speech. 

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Fetterman was given the college’s “Hero of Israel” award Wednesday. REUTERS

Former Harvard University President Claudine Gay confronted a firestorm of criticism within the wake of the Oct. 7, 2023, assault on the Jewish state over her failure to criticize 30 Harvard scholar teams that printed a letter holding Israel “entirely responsible” for Hamas’ lethal rampage. 

Gay then appeared earlier than Congress on Dec. 5, the place she refused to say that anybody calling for the genocide of Jewish folks at the college could be punished.  

Harvard school members stood behind Gay at the time, releasing a letter which known as on the administration to to not bow to political strain. 

Gay resigned as president in January following unrelated plagiarism allegation, however stays on the school as a professor of presidency and African and African American research.

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Fetterman wore a bracelet from the music competition in Israel the place Hamas terrorists slaughtered lots of on Oct. 7. REUTERS

Fetterman obtained his undergraduate diploma in 1991 from Albright College in Pennsylvania and obtained a MBA from the University of Connecticut in 1993.

The senator graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999 with a Master of Public Policy diploma. He has beforehand stated that he doesn’t “recognize” the college as the identical place he as soon as attended. 

“As an alum of Harvard — look, I graduated 25 years ago, and of course it was always a little pinko,” he advised Semafor in January. “But now, I don’t recognize it.”

Last month, Fetterman endorsed former Massachusetts governor and present Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney to take over the presidency at Harvard, which is presently being held on an interim foundation by Alan Garver, the college’s former provost.

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