Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth plans to send diploma back to Harvard over far-left policies


Harvard alum and Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth scrawls ‘Return to Sender’ over his diploma as he announces plans to send it back to the elite university over its far-left policies which he says are ‘poisoning’ children’s minds

  • Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth wrote ‘return to sender’ on his diploma 
  • The Harvard University alum promised to send the degree back to the university in protest of what he views as far left policies in the school’s teachings 
  • Hegseth, who has a Master’s degree in public policy, also crossed out ‘Harvard’ and wrote in its place: ‘Critical Theory,’ making it ‘Critical Theory University’
  • In his book, ‘Battle for the American Mind,’ Hegseth details the ‘destruction’ of government education and encouraged people to mail their degrees back

Harvard University alum and Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth wrote ‘Return to Sender’ across his diploma while on-air with a promise to send it back to the elite school over far left policies in the school’s teachings he says are ‘poisoning’ children’s minds.

Hegseth appeared on a segment of Sean Hannity Friday night with co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy who brought up his previous promises to send back his degree in protest of the school’s beliefs. 

In his recently published book, ‘Battle for the American Mind,’ Hegseth details the ‘destruction’ of government education and encouraged people to mail their degrees back.  

On Saturday morning’s Fox & Friends, Hegseth went through with his own promise. He insisted he was making a statement – not a stunt – about higher education when he pulled out his Master’s Degree in public policy on air, removed it from the frame and wrote, ‘return to sender’ across it. 

Harvard alum and Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth writes 'Return to Sender' across his diploma with a promise to send it back to Harvard in protest of what he views as far left policies in the school's teachings

Harvard alum and Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth writes ‘Return to Sender’ across his diploma with a promise to send it back to Harvard in protest of what he views as far left policies in the school’s teachings

Hegseth then crossed out ‘Harvard’ and wrote in its place: ‘Critical Theory,’ making it ‘Critical Theory University.’ 

‘Is your mom going to be mad?’ his co-host Campos-Duffy asked Hegseth.

Very,’ he responded. ‘I don’t think my wife’s going to like this either.’

Hegseth said he hopes this is a statement that ‘as conservatives and patriots, we can’t keep sending our kids and elevating them to universities that are poisoning their minds.’

‘People will say, ‘this is just a stunt. You still have a degree,’ and that’s fine. I went, I got the degree, I walked into the classes, all of that,’ he said. ‘But I hope this is a statement as conservatives and patriots, if we love this country, we can’t keep sending our kids and elevating them to universities that are poisoning their minds.’ 

He also accused Harvard of pushing critical theory and not being as religiously focused as they used to be. 

‘I don’t want to elevate the prestige of Harvard considering what Harvard has become. The head chaplain at Harvard today, the president of the chaplains is an atheist. This was a university founded by John Harvard with the original motto of: for the glory of Christ. When you look at the ubiquitousness of critical theory, of Marxist thinking, of racist thinking, frankly, inside Harvard — why are we holding it up as the vanguard of what is the imprimatur of what makes someone credible?’

On Saturday morning's Fox & Friends, he insisted he was making a statement - not a stunt - about higher education when he pulled out his Master's Degree in public policy on air

On Saturday morning’s Fox & Friends, he insisted he was making a statement – not a stunt – about higher education when he pulled out his Master’s Degree in public policy on air

Hegseth then crossed out 'Harvard' and wrote in its place: 'Critical Theory,' making it 'Critical Theory University'

Hegseth then crossed out ‘Harvard’ and wrote in its place: ‘Critical Theory,’ making it ‘Critical Theory University’

In 2021, New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik was removed from a panel at Harvard for making comments that perpetuated President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

Stefanik accused her alma mater of caving to “the woke Left” after the school’s Institute of Politics on Tuesday dropped her from an advisory committee, citing her public remarks about fraud in the 2020 election. 

Hundreds of students and alumni had called on Harvard to cut ties with Stefanik, a 2006 Harvard graduate, after last week’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol. 

US Rep Elise Stefanik (pictured in 2021) was removed from Harvard University panel for comments that perpetuated Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud

US Rep Elise Stefanik (pictured in 2021) was removed from Harvard University panel for comments that perpetuated Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud

Hundreds of students (file image) and alumni called on Harvard to cut ties with Stefanik, a 2006 Harvard graduate, after last week's violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Hundreds of students (file image) and alumni called on Harvard to cut ties with Stefanik, a 2006 Harvard graduate, after last week’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol

Following the university’s announcement, Stefanik responded that it’s a ‘rite of passage and badge of honor’ to be boycotted by US universities.

‘The decision by Harvard’s administration to cower and cave to the woke Left will continue to erode diversity of thought, public discourse, and ultimately the student experience,’ she wrote in a statement.

She continued: ‘The Ivory Tower’s march toward a monoculture of like-minded, intolerant liberal views demonstrates the sneering disdain for everyday Americans and will instill a culture of fear for students who will understand that a conservative viewpoint will not be tolerated and will be silenced.

‘Congratulations Harvard, the entire Board of the Institute of Politics now consists only of Joe Biden voters – how reflective of America.’

Earlier this year, Harvard students’ ‘woke’ beliefs were blamed when an on-campus Harvard University police station was forced to closed after students complained that its presence was ‘a violent, visual intimidation tactic.’

A Harvard University police station on campus was forced to closed after students complained that its presence was 'a violent, visual intimidation tactic.' Pictured: A Harvard University police officer blocks off an area following a bomb threat that was made on campus in 2015

A Harvard University police station on campus was forced to closed after students complained that its presence was ‘a violent, visual intimidation tactic.’ Pictured: A Harvard University police officer blocks off an area following a bomb threat that was made on campus in 2015

The police department’s substation, located inside the Mather House residential hall, closed in February following years of outcry from both woke students and faculty.

They argued the outpost, which opened in 2005 and was one of four on campus, was more intimidating than helpful, according to the Harvard Crimson, and even took aim at officers for eating in the students’ dining room

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Taylor, a Harvard student and resident of Mather House, claimed the substation was being used as a ‘visual intimidation tactic’ against students.

She added there were concerns about Harvard University Police Department officers eating meals alongside students in the dining hall during the 2019-2020 academic year, which she said made many students feel uncomfortable.

Kai DeJesus, another Mather House resident, told the Harvard Crimson that the substation’s closure is a ‘really good first step,’ but believes that the university’s police department ultimately needs to be abolished.

DeJesus pointed to a 2020 incident in which an officer was accused of using excessive force, while arresting a black man in Harvard’s Smith Campus Center.

‘It’s really important that we keep these violent institutions outside of residences,’ DeJesus said. ‘Ultimately, HUPD remains the police force that disproportionately targets Black and Brown people here on campus and in Cambridge.’

‘For real justice to exist on this campus, HUPD must be abolished,’ DeJesus said.

Most recently, in April 2022, Harvard students gave the classic musical The Mikado a ‘woke’ makeover to remove racist references and turn it into a dystopian drama about goat-herding.

Students from the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert And Sullivan Players (HRGSP) rewrote Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado into a musical about a goat herder in dystopian London (pictured)

Students from the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert And Sullivan Players (HRGSP) rewrote Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado into a musical about a goat herder in dystopian London (pictured)

The 'yellowface' performances continued well into the 2000s, with American actors Michael Harris (left) and Laurelyn Watson starring as the leads in the NYGASP's performance in 2003. The NYGASP cancelled the production's run in 2015 following social media backlash

The ‘yellowface’ performances continued well into the 2000s, with American actors Michael Harris (left) and Laurelyn Watson starring as the leads in the NYGASP’s performance in 2003. The NYGASP cancelled the production’s run in 2015 following social media backlash

Students from the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert And Sullivan Players (HRGSP) reimagined the Gilbert and Sullivan drama in a renamed production called The Milk Made which was performed late last month.

The Harvard students chose to keep Arthur Sullivan’s origin score but completely rewrote the play. Instead of a drama about the main character’s search for love, they instead opted to tell the story about an Asian boat worker looking to herd goats in a futuristic Chinese-dominated London.

Keagan Yap, 25, the music director, said the changes were made to avoid the use of ‘yellowface’ and racism found in the original play in order to create a more woke experience.

Yellowface sees white actors don makeup and traditional clothing to make them appear Asian. It is similar to blackface, and is also now widely-regarded as offensive and racist.

‘A number of our cast and crew members also have Asian heritage and belong to these cultures and to come onto this project — and imbue their identities and imbue their cultures and experiences into this work that has drawn music from centuries ago — I think was a very enlightening experience,’ Yap told the Harvard Crimson.

Following a wave of cancellations of the musical throughout the country, many, like the Harvard students, have attempted to rewrite the story to avoid the Japanese stereotypes and ‘yellowface’ performances.

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