This is the first time that the American Whig-Cliosophic Society can revoke an honor
Student members of the prestigious Princeton University political society voted to revoke an honor bestowed on Senator Ted Cruz.
The American Whig-Cliosophic Society voted 37 to 32 in favor of the motion to revoke the James Madison Republican Politician’s Award for Distinguished Public Service on March 4. Now the final decision rests with its board of directors.
The vote was preceded by a petition organized by a member of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society to cancel the honor, as well as calls for President Christopher Eisgruber to consider canceling Cruz’s degree at Princeton.
Cruz’s “decision to support the lies of electoral fraud and his role in invading one of the three pillars of the US government is in serious contradiction with his position as a senator in our democracy,” the petition states.
Neither Cruz’s offices nor Whig-Clio representatives responded to multiple phone and email requests for comment from The College fix.
The American Whig-Cliosophic Society is America’s oldest collegiate political society, founded in Princeton in 1765 by students such as Aaron Burr and James Madison. Its ranks include President Woodrow Wilson and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Whig-Clio’s highest honor, the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service, has gone to those who have “taken up the arduous but just cause of devoting their lives to the betterment of society.”
In the past, the award has been presented to many notable public figures, including Barry Goldwater, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Antonin Scalia and Jimmy Carter. Cruz received this honor in 2016.
Following the riots on the Capitol on January 6, a petition surfaced asking that Cruz be forfeited of the prize.
The controversy highlights a growing political tension within political society.
Even before the vote on Cruz, Princeton student Adam Hoffman, who chaired the Cliosophic Society, wrote an article in January to National exam detailing his struggle to “bring conservative speakers and voices to the heart of the Princeton political scene”, saying his work has been “shut down by an intolerant left”.
Hoffman explained how Whig-Clio turned down requests to bring in conservative speakers like former Princeton student George Will and circuit court judge Neomi Rao while allowing left-wing speakers like journalist Jamelle Bouie:
Clio Party Chair Matthew Wilson, who contributes to The College’s solution, expressed concern over the company’s reputation after the vote to revoke Cruz’s award.
“The Assembly’s decision to recommend the removal of Senator Ted Cruz’s JMA was embarrassing, and the Whig-Clio members who supported the removal have seriously damaged the integrity of the Society,” Wilson said in an interview. with the Daily Princetonian.
He said the results “are nothing more than a vain attempt by left-wing students to inflate their own egos and overthrow the most prominent Conservative alumnus at Princeton.”
The cancellation of conservative speakers dates back to at least 2018 for the company.
“The company faced the Amy Wax controversy in 2018. Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was turned down from speaking less than 20 hours before the schedule for his event on Freedom to expression, “he added. Conservative Princeton reported.
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