Fox News Digital learned that billboard trucks calling for the firing of Harvard President Claudine Gay were deployed on the New England campus on Sunday, just days after her controversial comments in Congress about whether Jews Calling for genocide violates the school’s code of conduct.
The privately financed trucks read, “Fire Gay,” along with photos of Gay as she appeared before Congress last Tuesday.
One of the trucks is circling the campus, while the other is stationed at the school’s main entrance and blares Gay’s exchange with Republican New York Representative Elise Stefanik on Tuesday. Fox News Digital has learned that the private funder behind the billboard box truck campaign will also deploy a plane on campus this week carrying a banner reading, “Harvard – Stop Jew Hate.”
The billboard trucks follow similar protests last week on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania that called for the firing of the Ivy League school’s president, Elizabeth Magill. Magill announced his resignation on Saturday.
“1 down, 2 to go,” a source who deployed the trucks at Penn and Harvard told Fox News Digital on condition of anonymity.
Magill, Gay and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Sally Kornbluth came under fire last week when they appeared before Congress and were questioned about their work. Anti-Semitism on their respective The compound after Hamas began attacks on Israel in October.
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Stefanik had a particularly heated conversation with a trio of academics, where she pressed them to answer whether “calling for the genocide of the Jews” was a violation of the respective school’s code of conduct.
“At Harvard, does calling for the genocide of the Jews violate Harvard’s bullying and harassment rules?”. Stefanik asked Gay specifically.
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Gay responded, “Depending on the context it could be.”
“When anti-Semitic speech turns into conduct that amounts to bullying, harassment, intimidation – that is actionable conduct and we take action,” Gay said when asked “yes” to calls for the genocide of Jews. or being pressured to answer “no”, which leads to disruptions in school. Rule.
“So the answer is yes, that calling for the genocide of the Jews is a violation of the Harvard Code of Conduct, correct?” Stefanik asked.
“Again, it depends on the context,” Gay said.
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Stefanik responded, “It doesn’t depend on the context. The answer is yes and that’s why you should resign.” “These are unacceptable answers across the board.”
Like Magill, Gay also issued an apology after outrage from Jewish groups, the public and lawmakers that the school president could not clearly answer whether calling for the genocide of Jews broke school rules.
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“I’m sorry,” Gay told the Harvard Crimson last week. “Words matter.”
Gay said, “When words magnify distress and pain, I don’t know how you can feel anything but remorse.”
More than 70 members of Congress signed a letter last week to members of the school’s governing board calling for the Harvard leader to resign, while Magill’s resignation comes as pressure grows for Gay to also step down. .
According to a Sunday morning report by the Harvard Crimson, the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers convened a board meeting Sunday to discuss Gay’s leadership, his reactions to Congress and whether the school should issue a public statement on the president. It is expected to be discussed.
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Harvard did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.