Two distinguished historians at the University of Virginia have had to step down from their center for public policy following the recent appointment of a former Advisor to President Donald Trump, a decision that has sparked protests among students and teachers.
William I. Hitchcock and Melvyn P. Leffler announced Monday that they had left the Miller Center of Public Affairs to protest against Marc Short, Trump's former director of legal affairs, who receives a paid scholarship to the think tank. who also studies the presidency. The professors dismissed Short & # 39; s community as a counter position to the values of the center.
"By linking with a government that shows no respect for the truth, it contributed to the erosion of civil discourse and democratic norms that are essential to democratic governance are central to the Miller Center's mission", read a letter Hitchcock shared on Twitter.
According to Politico, both men will remain a full-time faculty in the History Department of the Charlotteville School  William Antholis, director and CEO of the center, said in a statement that he was saddened by her departure, but the appointment of Short would help promote the goals of the think tank.
"As much as I respect the depth of emotion on this topic, Miller Center's focus on the Presidency, our commitment to non-partisanship and our proven ability to foster civil discourse must remain our primary responsibility, especially in difficult ones Times, "said Antholis.
In a statement he published last week, Antholis said Short would help others in the center "to understand and explain this administration, even in their most difficult and severely severely moments."
Hitchcock, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times The bestselling author and Leffler, a recipient of the Bancroft Prize, who honors books on North American and South American diplomacy or history, complained that the school was not over hired short hiring or holding a faculty vote on the matter.
"Had we are, we argued that Mr. Short's appointment" violated the center's values, "it says in its letter.
It is not clear if such a discussion or vote is university policy The school spokesman did not immediately address this question when commented on Monday by HuffPost.
The two professors cited other aspects of shorts professional background as red flags of concern, noting that he was critical of the US's failed campaign. Senate in 1994, Virginia worked by the current president of the National Rifle Association, Oliver North, as well as for the Koch Brothers Freedom Partners Fund
Criticism of its connection to a White House, which routinely attacks the free press, the professors also short Trump's widely criticized stance on the response to the violent neo-Nazi rally last August near the UVA campus. One woman died when a car, allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi sympathizer, crashed into counter-demonstrators and indirectly led to the death of two state police officers.
"It seems particularly outrageous to appoint Mr. Short as we approach the one-year anniversary of the neo-nazi riots," wrote Hitchcock and Leffler. "In the aftermath of these tragic events, President Trump has failed to deny the Alt law and its street thugs, and until his appointment to a scholarship at the UVA, Mr. Short did not distance himself from President Trump's remarks.
" By At the time, he did not say so by not emphasizing the threat of human decency through the public display of Nazi symbols. Racist taunts in our own neighborhood, Mr Short was complicit in eroding our civil discourse and showed a horrible indifference to the courtesy of our own City and university.
In short, in a recent statement quoted in the Washington Post at the end of the day. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 120 & lang = en. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 120 & lang = DE In the week he said "there is no doubt," the white Haus should have been better able to handle his reaction to the rally and the violence he had caused. "We must all be outspoken and explicit in our denunciation of white superiority and racism," he said.
Hitchcock and Leffler's letter added that they were human with different political views that appear before the center, but not as "excellent"
An online petition against Short's hiring on Change.org had received more than 2,400 signatures on Monday afternoon, and the petition is also taking an exception to the hiring of Short without "consultation with the many stakeholders affected by this decision".