It's been almost a year since the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania was forced to talk about madcap presidential candidate/alumnus Donald J. Trump. And while the school deployed the PR equivalent of an eye-roll to acknowledge Trump's weird verbal tic of constantly reminding people that he went to Wharton, it appears that a few thousands of The Donald's fellow alumni are being a little more direct about that whole deal.
In an open letter to Trump posted on Medium, a group of Wharton alums are telling Trump that they are ashamed to share an alma mater with him. The letter is an unsubtle attempt to let The Donald know that the constant bragging about his undergrad Wharton degree is making it a lot less fun for them to brag about theirs.
Dear Mr. Trump:
At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, students are taught to represent the highest levels of respect and integrity. We are taught to embrace humility and diversity. We can understand why, in seeking America’s highest office, you have used your degree from Wharton to promote and lend legitimacy to your candidacy.
As a candidate for President, and now as the presumptive GOP nominee, you have been afforded a transformative opportunity to be a leader on national and international stages and to make the Wharton community even prouder of our school and values.
However, we have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy.
And to make it worse, he's even doing it wrong. Trump's haterade-sipping fellow Whartonians make it clear that using "Wharton" as a conversational substitute for "Actually" is the God-given right of anyone who's ever crammed for a Finance exam whilst eating a hoagie in West Philly, but Trump has worn out W-Card.
We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.
Essentially, they would prefer that Donald Trump shut the f#ck up about Wharton now, please and thank you.
But they don't stop there. They go as far as to pull out the nuclear insult on Trump...
No, not that he transferred in, the other one:
We recognize that we are fortunate to be educated at Wharton, and we are committed to using our opportunity to make America and the world a better place — for everyone. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values. Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.
You know you're going to have an awkward reunion weekend in Philly when more than 2,000 of your fellow Wharton alums write a letter accusing you of being a blowhard bigot who is also bad at business.