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Obama Lobbied On Behalf Of Claudine Gay, But Grew Quiet Following Resignation

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Former President Obama privately lobbied to keep Claudine Gay as Harvard’s president after her congressional appearance on antisemitism but has been silent since her resignation.

Despite his efforts, Gay stepped down, citing the best interests of Harvard.

Her resignation followed a controversial congressional testimony and plagiarism allegations. (Trending: ‘American Idol’ Producer Sued For Sexual Assault)

“It sounded like people were being asked to close ranks to keep the broader administration stable, including its composition,” an inside source stated.

“This is not a decision I came to easily,” Gay wrote.

“Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words because I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great university across centuries.”

“But, after consultation with members of the Corporation, it has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than any individual.”

Critics, including Rep. Stefanik, highlighted the absence of an apology or acknowledgment of the failure to protect Jewish students in the resignation statement.

“Elise Stefanik won,” Indiana GOP Rep. Jim Banks wrote.

“Barack Obama lost.”

“Neither the resignation from Claudine Gay nor the statement from the Harvard Corporation included any apology for the morally bankrupt testimony,” Stefanik wrote online.

“Neither statement included any mention of their failure to protect Jewish students on campus or a pledge to combat antisemitism.”

“As I said, this is just the beginning of a reckoning.”

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