Rep. Stefanik takes credit for resignation of Harvard's Claudine Gay

 January 3, 2024

Claudine Gay, who until this week was the president of Harvard University, has had a rough couple of weeks, to say the least.

Facing numerous plagiarism accusations and her allowal of rampant antisemitism on the Ivy League campus in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, Gay finally resigned this week.

According to the U.K. Independent, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is claiming credit for Gay's resignation.

Stefanik, in a statement following Gay's resignation, held nothing back regarding her thoughts on the former Harvard president.

"I will always deliver results," the statement read.

She added, "The resignation of Harvard’s antisemitic plagiarist president is long overdue. Claudine Gay’s morally bankrupt answers to my questions made history as the most viewed Congressional testimony in the history of the US Congress."

The Independent noted:

Ms. Stefanik was part of the committee that questioned the presidents of top US universities, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about campus antisemitism and free speech.

At the time of the hearing, Stefanik laid into Gay, asking her if the antisemitic rants on Harvard's campus would violate the university's code of conduct.

“That type of hateful speech is personally abhorrent to me,” Ms Gay had said but later emphasised that disciplinary action would depend “on the context” and that students’ words need to cross over into “conduct targeted at an individual” to qualify as bullying and harassment.

Gay released a statement in the wake of her resignation on Tuesday.

“It is with a heavy heart but a deep love for Harvard that I write to share that I will be stepping down as president. This is not a decision I came to easily," Gay wrote.

She added, "Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words because I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great university across centuries"

"But, after consultation with members of the Corporation, it has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than any individual." she went on.

Stefanik vowed to continue investigating the leaders of America's top universities.