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Student government wants pro-Trump trustee kicked off presidential search committee

Concerned that one member on the 36 person committee will harm students

Northwestern University’s student government has asked the university to remove the chairman of the board of trustees from a presidential search committee due to his support for former President Donald Trump.

“Associated Student Government passed a resolution calling for the recusal of Board of Trustees Chair J. Landis Martin from Northwestern’s presidential search committee [on June 2],” The Daily Northwestern reported. “The bill passed with 17 votes in favor and one nay vote from the NU College Republicans senator,” according to the campus newspaper.

Martin donated $30,000 to Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign. The student government said that because its own survey found that most students are liberal on campus and disapprove of Trump, Martin’s place on the committee harms students. Its 2020 survey is hidden behind a private Google Drive link.

“He donated to Donald Trump who has demonstrated significant sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia,” sponsoring senator Jo Scaletty told the Daily Northwestern. Trump’s policies and words include “a whole list of things that has negatively impacted students, which is why it is important to remove him.”

The sponsor of the legislation to remove a Republican trustee is the “former Rainbow Alliance Senator and Justice and Inclusion Committee member,” according to the university paper.

“A lot of people in the Northwestern administration are left-leaning,” College Republicans representative David Grow said. “I felt as if what it really boiled down to was they don’t want somebody that could possibly be against what they stand for,” Grow, the only “no” vote, told the paper.

The paper did not include a link to the resolution, but Young America’s Foundation included a screenshot of the legislation in its article.

Martin is still listed on the search committee. “The administration at Northwestern should not cave to the woke mob,” Negar Jadidi, a writer for YAF, said in the organization’s article.

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