Middlebury considers revoking Rudy Giuliani’s honorary degree

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation's capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden's White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Rudy Giuliani speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on Jan. 6, 2021. –BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Middlebury College is considering revoking the honorary degree awarded to Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, saying he played a role in the violent uprising against the nation’s Capitol last week.

The school awarded the degree to Giuliani in 2005, after his response to 9/11 as mayor of New York City.

At a staging rally on Wednesday, Trump told his morning crowd to “fight like hell” and Giuliani, whose attempt to throw out election results in trial by courtroom failed, implored “Let’s have trial by combat.”

The editorial board of the college newspaper has called for the school to revoke Giuliani’s honorary degree and on Sunday Middlebury president Laurie Patton said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the school had started the process to consider such action.

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“In light of the role that presidential attorney Rudolph Giuliani played in fomenting the violent uprising against our nation’s Capitol building on January 6, 2021—an insurrection against democracy itself—Middlebury’s leadership has initiated the process we have put in place to consider revoking an honorary degree,” she wrote.

Honorary Degree StatementDear Middlebury Community,In my letter to you earlier this week, I spoke of our…

Posted by Middlebury College on Sunday, January 10, 2021

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