'Déjà blue': Professors NOT happy after Trump once again defies polls

  • Professors and academics across the United States were not thrilled after President Trump and the Republicans exceeded expectations in the 2020 election.
  • One professor said he was "feeling genuinely unsafe" by the thought of so many people voting for Trump.

Professors took to social media on the evening of the Nov. 3 election, expressing their disdain at a strong performance from President Donald Trump and other Republicans across the country. While there is no clear winner of the presidential race, Trump yet again defied most of the polls in key swing states, as he did in 2016, resulting in several states remaining too close to call the morning after polls closed.  

Ibram X. Kendi, the head of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, was not happy with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s defeat of Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in Kentucky. 

“You will not be assessing knowledge. You’ll be assessing exhaustion, a commitment to democracy, and a million other things.”   

Captioning a prediction from AP Politics projecting that McConnell would win in Kentucky, Kendi simply tweeted “no.”






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Professor Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School had a “sinking feeling of depression” knowing that half of the United States voted for Trump. 

Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, retweeted Grant.




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Jesse Stommel, a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Mary Washington, explained on Twitter that he "basically cancelled" all of his classes for the rest of the week.




On election night, he also found himself “feeling genuinely unsafe” given the number of people willing to vote for the President.




Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple University encouraged her colleagues to cancel their exams after the election: “You will not be assessing knowledge. You’ll be assessing exhaustion, a commitment to democracy, and a million other things.”




An analysis from Bloomberg revealed that individuals in the education sector — especially college professors — were among the most likely to support presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Trump.

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Benjamin Zeisloft | Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent

Benjamin Zeisloft is a Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He is studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin also writes for The UPenn Statesman and the Wharton International Business Review.

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