Ron DeSantis threatens to cut off Harvard funding over anti-Israel protests

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'We should not be pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into places like Harvard.'

A Harvard Law alumnus running for President is teasing eliminating federal funding for the university and others due to political positions taken by student groups

During an interview with The Blaze, Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested that student protests against Israel’s retaliation after Hamas attacks merit cutting off federal funding for the institution.

“Seeing these students at universities like Harvard sign their names to letters praising Hamas in the light of the barbarism that we’ve seen, it shows this country has got a lot of problems. We need to be reevaluating the role that the federal government has in the relationship we have with some of these universities,” DeSantis said.

“We should not be pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into places like Harvard if they’re producing students that are basically aligning with Hamas terrorists.”

The Governor’s comments criticizing anti-Israel protesters have piled up in recent days, though the Blaze interview with Sara Gonzales is the first time he suggested cutting off funding to Harvard in response.

On Newsmax Wednesday, he wondered why those protesters are in the United States at all, saying that the demonstrations are “almost like they’re just pouring salt in the wounds by going out there and celebrating the atrocities.”

“There’s a sickness in our society when you have Harvard students signing these letters praising Hamas. And I just wonder, it’s like, why are you even in this country if that’s your belief on some of that stuff?”

Asked on Tuesday about the state of the Ivy League on the Howie Carr Show in the wake of pro-Hamas demonstrations at Harvard, Ron DeSantis denounced the protests as “absolutely appalling.”

“At this point with the Ivy League, with how nuts they’ve gotten, if I see a Harvard résumé across my desk, I’m running the other way,” DeSantis said.

As reported by the Harvard Crimson, the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee and 33 other Harvard student organizations originally signed off on a statement blaming Israel for the attacks from Hamas that started this weekend. Many of their names have since been removed from the statement for what the Crimson calls “safety concerns,” amid on campus backlash.

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  • Michael K

    October 12, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Why does he hate his alma mater? Did someone there hurt his little feelings? Does America really want someone who abuses the levers of government to settle his personal acts of vengeance?

    • WhatNow

      October 12, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      – I bet whoever his girlfriend was at the time cheated on him with one of his Harvard professors. Makes DeSanti-Sense, yes?

  • TJC

    October 12, 2023 at 10:39 am

    “And I just wonder, it’s like, why are you even in this country if that’s your belief on some of that stuff?” — Gov. DeSantis

    Well, so much for the First Amendment, eh? DeSantis says get out of the country if your ideas don’t match his. Funny how he doesn’t say that about the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in this country — like the ones in Florida who support him. I guess that means their ideas do indeed match his, so they can stay.
    And to use Ronspeak, if I may, “And I just wonder, like, why are you even Governor if that’s your belief on some of that stuff?”

  • FloridaPatriot

    October 12, 2023 at 10:43 am

    SO more political retribution on free speech? This guy should not be anywhere near the White House.


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  • Bwj

    October 12, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Conservatives complain about being canceled over their views. I don’t agree with Hamas supporters, but DeSantis ‘s comments speak of a dark future for this country if we punish any discussion or dissent.

  • Unwoke and Going Broke In Florida

    October 12, 2023 at 11:29 am

    A duplicitous Christian idled ever one existed.

    Gets married at Disney; sues Disney.

    Is a proud Nazi; doesn’t go for Hamas.

    Duplicitous Christian.

  • Joe

    October 12, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Tiny D’s mantra: “Waah, I don’t know how to deal with things I don’t like!” Keep filling that diaper, you angry pipsqueak.

  • SteveHC

    October 12, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    “We should not be pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into places like Harvard if they’re producing students that are basically aligning with Hamas terrorists.” – I guess he is mentally unable to consider the possibility that college students don’t necessarily get their crazy geopolitical beliefs from their Psyc. or English lit. professors lol. They are *consistently* more influenced by their equally ignorant (in such matters) PEERS than their college processors, DUH. But it would be legitimate to withhold federal funds from academic institutions that are mismanaged by their administrators to the point that they produce crappy researchers and/or professionally and academically deficient graduates – such as Harvard graduate Ron DeSantis.

    • Arnold E Gibbs

      October 16, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      I graduated Florida State University in 1964. Yeah, I am 80 years old, but seeing the vile thinking on todays college campuses it has caused me to think back on my experience during that time in my life. Even then, there was an individual that seemed to me that he was trying to forment left wing, socialist viewpoint’s.

  • My Take

    October 12, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    He gets more deranged.
    But it so freqùently has a flavor of Trump.
    He àcts quite simiĺarly to Trump in many ways.
    Others have said it is intentional.
    By now it is probably reflexive.

  • Ron DeFascist

    October 12, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    This man really does hate the First Amendment, doesn’t he?

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 12, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    i thought harvard was an expensive private school. are they receiving federal money, and if so, why.

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    i looked it up, harvard gets more than any other school, mostly for research. i guess it’s baked into the cake so i don’t know if it’s a bad or good thing. 16% of the students get pell grants. i wonder if desantis got a pell grant. he seems too stupid to get an academic scholarship. i am thinking it might be better to shift federal money away from private schools and give it to state schools, all except florida schools. i don’t want desantis having control over any of my tax dollars.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 13, 2023 at 9:41 am

      Ron is a jock and got a Yale jock scholarship. Part of his financial aid package required him to “work” as an athletic department gopher. Nothing requiring Ron break a sweat as he needed to have all of his physical prowess for beisbol — despite how his spouse has tried to characterize his labors. (BTW: Athletic scholarships are a prime example of affirmative action.)

  • wake up now

    October 13, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I’m no fan of Hamas violence but I am also not a big fan of killing innocent people in Gaza or stealing their land. So much for freedom of speech eh, Rona?

  • Ron Burgundy

    October 13, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    “It is imperative for the future of our society that our state colleges and universities protect a culture of free speech on their campuses,” said Governor DeSantis. “Here in Florida, we are showing that we welcome debate and the exchange of ideas. By signing a resolution outlining their commitment, our state’s higher learning institutions can lead the way in promoting open discussion and civil discourse.”

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