Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who has been calling for Harvard University President Claudine Gay to resign following the president’s congressional testimony about antisemitism, took a victory lap on Tuesday after Gay stepped down.
Stefanik’s questioning of Gay and other university leaders during the Capitol Hill hearing went viral, sparking outrage about how the campus presidents were handling the spike of antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas war.
Following the news broke that Gay resigned, Stefanik posted on social media, “TWO DOWN,” which is a nod to the two presidents who have quit since that congressional hearing: Gay and the former leader of the University of Pennsylvania, Liz Magill.
Stefanik, a Republican from New York, called Gay’s resignation “long overdue.”
“Claudine Gay’s morally bankrupt answers to my questions made history as the most viewed Congressional testimony in the history of the U.S. Congress,” Stefanik posted. “Her answers were absolutely pathetic and devoid of the moral leadership and academic integrity required of the President of @Harvard.
“This is just the beginning of what will be the greatest scandal of any college or university in history,” the congresswoman added. “Our robust Congressional investigation will continue to move forward to expose the rot in our most ‘prestigious’ higher education institutions and deliver accountability to the American people.”
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy posted “good riddance” after Gay resigned.
“… better late than never,” he added.
Billionaire Bill Ackman has been pushing for weeks for Gay to resign. On Tuesday, he set his sights on MIT President Sally Kornbluth, the third university leader who testified in front of Congress.
“Et tu Sally?” Ackman posted.
Others were upset about Gay resigning after facing intense pressure from Republicans.
“Claudine Gay is bullied out of her job as the first black president of Harvard smh,” posted Jaime Sánchez, Jr., a political historian and a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard.
“What happened to Claudine Gay is a playbook they will follow again and again,” posted journalist and political analyst Natasha S. Alford. “They will do whatever it takes to undermine, humiliate and unseat Black people in positions of power they don’t want there.”