MIDDLEBURY, Vermont — Middlebury College has revoked an honorary degree it awarded to Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, the school said Tuesday.
The school awarded the degree to Giuliani in 2005 in recognition of his response to 9/11 as mayor of New York City.
Middlebury College put Giuliani’s honorary degree up for revocation after last week’s violent uprising against the nation’s Capitol, saying he played a role. The college announced its decision in posts to its social media accounts Tuesday evening.
At a staging rally before the Jan. 6 riot, 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.”
“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,” Middlebury President Laurie Patton said in a Facebook post Sunday.
Giuliani is also facing possible expulsion from the New York State Bar Association. The organization said Monday that it has opened an inquiry into whether Giuliani should remain a member. Its bylaws state that “no person who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States” shall remain a member.