Some people don’t work directly in government forever, and maybe that is for the better.
After folks get out of directly working in politics, they often like to find a job where they might teach or pass their knowledge onto other folks.
However, if some liberals get their way, they might be able to stop people from doing that just because of who they voted for.
A petition circulating at Harvard University seeks to blacklist former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an initiative that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives.
The online open letter calls for a new “system of accountability” to review top political appointees who served under President Donald Trump and could come to campus as professors, fellows or speakers after Trump leaves office.
“A complete disregard for the truth is a defining feature of many decisions made by this administration,” according to the petition. “That alone should be enough to draw a line.”
It was unclear who created the petition or how many students have signed it. Harvard declined to comment on it.
Carter Estes, a Republican member of the student government at Harvard’s Kennedy School, said the letter was put forward by students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It’s being taken up by student governments across the university, he said.
The Kennedy School’s government voted not to endorse it on Tuesday, he said, but some others have approved it.
Harvard and its Kennedy School — which focuses on government and public policy — often hire former politicians and political staffers to teach as professors or temporary fellows.