We need more of that kind of thing in universities, even if it does give a sinecure to Robby Mook, the campaign manager whose staggering incompetence gave us President Trump.But this week’s announcement that it will host Chelsea Manning and Sean Spicer as fellows struck me as out of bounds.
One of the oldest slurs against gay servicemembers was that they were all potential traitors, subject to blackmail and attracted to intrigue.
The morning, mercifully, Harvard disinvited Manning, its dean admitting to a mistake. Manning is a convicted felon who leaked more than 700,000 classified documents as a way to undermine her own country at a time of war. She hasn’t been found innocent; she hasn’t received a pardon; and she is currently showing no remorse.