A Scottish university has revoked Donald Trump’s honorary degree Wednesday, days after he suggested banning Muslims from entering the United States.
The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen awarded Trump with an honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in “recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman.”
On Wednesday, the school revoked Trump’s degree.
“In the course of the current U.S. election campaign, Mr. Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university,” the school said in a statement. “The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
The school’s decision joins the mounting backlash from Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
During a campaign rally on Monday, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
The comments quickly prompted outrage and harsh criticism while many were quick to compare him to Adolf Hitler, members of the Islamic State group, and fictional character Lord Voldemort.
On Tuesday, the White House slammed the Republican presidential candidate, calling his comments “disqualifying.”
“What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him serving as president,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “And for Republican candidates for president, to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying.”
In the U.K., a “Block Donald J Trump from UK Entry” petition was gaining momentum Wednesday, with more than 250,000 signatures wanting the Republican barred from the Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron and other British politicians have condemned Trump’s call for all Muslims to be barred from entering the U.S. in the wake of violence by Islamic extremists.
However, the U.K. said it has no plans to ban Trump over his anti-Muslim comments.
Finance minister George Osborne told lawmakers that Trump’s “nonsense” views “fly in the face of the founding principles of the United States.” But he said it would be wrong to “ban presidential candidates.”
–with a file from The Associated Press
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