Harvard Professor: Trump Officials Don’t Deserve Any Respect at All

'We do not, after all, have a normal administration that can be served honorably,' a pompous academic asserts in liberal publication

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It’s not enough that today’s liberal college professors are indoctrinating students with progressive ideology.

A Harvard professor is now using his academic platform to promote disrespect toward Trump administration officials.

In an 800-word op-ed published in The Boston Globe recently, Dani Rodrik (pictured above), a professor of international political economy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, issued a call to action to universities across the country about differentiating between civility and honor.

“They [Trump administration officials] should not be accorded the degree of respect or deference that their seniority and government positions would normally merit,” he wrote. “We do not, after all, have a normal administration that can be served honorably.”

Rodrick continued, “Academic institutions must therefore tread a narrow path. They cannot turn their backs on Trump and his entourage nor ignore their views. Otherwise, they would be stifling debate. This would run counter to what universities stand for. As a pragmatic matter, it would also backfire, by giving the Trump camp another opportunity to demonize the ‘liberal elite.'”

He then asserted that the distinction between hearing someone and honoring someone is important. “Trump’s immediate circle and senior appointees should be welcome for discussion and debate. They should be treated in a civil manner when they show up,” he noted. “But they should not be accorded the degree of respect or deference that their seniority and government positions would normally merit.”

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He is also quite clear about his boundaries for Harvard’s guests: “This means no honorific titles (fellow, senior fellow), no named lectures, no keynote speeches headlining conferences or events,” he commanded. “While individual faculty members and student groups should be free to invite Trump appointees to speak on campus, as a rule such invitations should not be issued by senior university officers. And lectures and presentations should always provide an opportunity for vigorous questioning and debate.”

He’s not kidding, folks.

In one paragraph of the virtue-signaling op-ed, Rodrik, who is from Turkey, criticized President Trump for undermining freedom of the media and the judiciary, and also for upholding racism, among other offenses.

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Rodrik should know better than to fan the flames of hyperbole.

And unlike Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of his homeland who throws dissenting journalists in jail, Trump — though highly critical of the mainstream media — is not an authoritarian.

Rodrik also seems more concerned with pushing the race card narrative than with dispensing facts. A new Rasmussen poll shows that President Trump’s approval ratings among black voters are at 36 percent — up from 19 percent last year this time.

LifeZette reached out to Rodrik about what he means specifically in terms of how to treat guests at the university, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Rodrik’s opinion piece drew only 30-some comments in three days. Instead of encouraging and advocating for divisive behavior, he should likely stick to teaching economics.

See why liberals are so upset by the president’s “winning,” in video, below:

Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.

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