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The following statement of support for Donald Trump is intended to counteract the dishonest presentation of this presidential candidate by much of the national media. Those who have attached their signatures to this statement are accredited scholars, mostly with PhDs, who are endorsing Donald Trump as a credible candidate for the presidency and as the only barrier now standing between us and (Heaven forfend!) the election of Hillary Clinton. It is our hope that the appearance of this statement on respected web sites will generate signatures from other scholars and that our statement of support can be placed in the national press. We are fully aware that signing this statement will not bring the signatory the same professional rewards as speaking at a conference on why Trump is a “fascist” or on why he reminds one of the late German Fuhrer. Expressing support for the Republican presidential candidate undoubtedly requires more courage, particularly for someone in the academic profession. But we trust that there are lots of courageous scholars who read this web site and who will be eager to append their signatures to our statement.

Yours truly,

Dr. Paul Gottfried, [email protected]

Dr. Walter Block, [email protected]

Dr. Boyd Cathey, [email protected]

Conveners of this list



We the undersigned scholars hereby express our support for the presidential bid of Donald J. Trump and his agenda for a renewed America, and we invite others to join us. While we recognize that our candidate may be an imperfect vehicle, the agenda he has laid out for America is critical if our nation is to avoid continuing decline. The prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency is more dangerous than the past personal imperfections of a Donald Trump.

Contrary to what is disseminated by both the mainstream media and by certain members of the Washington/New York political establishment, supporters of the Trump agenda are by no means limited to the badly educated and ill-informed. We feature numerous academics and other professionals who share the vision of “making America great again.” We are vitally concerned about reversing the direction in which this country has been moving for decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations alike. We want to move away from harming our economically strained middle and working classes. We reject the pattern of stifling freedom of thought and speech that is being imposed by government agencies, as well as by the media and our universities in the name of an increasingly restrictive political correctness. Moreover, the Trump agenda emphasizes the importance of the rule of law in civilized society, and the necessity of law and order, and the protection of private property. The Donald Trump agenda is committed to making our borders and our streets truly safe and secure.

Finally, we see a Trump administration as an opportunity to give new direction to American foreign policy. Neither an isolationist retrenchment nor an ideological crusade, a Trump administration will base its dealings with other nations firmly on rational American interests. Such an agenda has deep and honorable roots in American history. Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that our nation must chart a path in international relations that avoids the policy of playing policeman to the entire world or confusing statecraft with a globalist democratic agenda that supposedly fits all situations. We believe a Donald Trump administration will offer an alternative to the failed policies of recent presidents.

We invite those scholars who share this vision of a renewed America to join us in this ongoing effort. We believe this agenda to make America great again transcends political parties and is vital for our future.


Wayne M. Adler, JD, Seton Hall

Walter Block, Professor of Economics, Loyola University, New Orleans; PhD, Columbia University

Darren Beattie, Duke University; PhD, Duke University

David Brook, Director (retired), North Carolina Division of Archives and History; PhD, North Carolina State University

Robert Carballo, Professor of English, Millersville University; PhD, University of Miami

Boyd Cathey, State Registrar (retired), North Carolina Division of Archives and History; MA (Jefferson Fellow), University of Virginia; PhD, University of Navarra, Spain

Marshall DeRosa, Florida Atlantic University; PhD, University of Houston

Paul Gottfried, Elizabethtown College, Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus; PhD, Yale University

Fran Griffin, President, Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation; MA, University of Chicago

Michael Hickman, University of Mary; PhD, Catholic University of America

James Kalb, JD, Yale University 1978

Jack Kerwick, Rowan College, New Jersey; PhD, Temple University

Donald Livingston, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), Emory University; PhD, Washington University

John M. Longino, MBA, University of Texas

Wayne Lutton, Editor of Social Contract; PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Manion, Professor, Christendom College; PhD, Notre Dame University

Brion McClanahan, PhD, University of South Carolina

Donald W. Miller, Professor of Surgery (emeritus), Seattle Swedish Medical Center

John Newhard, East Tennessee State University; PhD, Clemson University

Eric Obermayer, Professional Engineer; MS, Michigan Technological Institute

Larry Odzak, Visiting Scholar (emeritus), University of North Carolina; PhD, University of Florida

Dan “Red” Phillips, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mercer University; MD, Emory University,

Ralph Raico, Professor, SUNY Buffalo; PhD, University of Chicago

Kurt Roemer, University of San Francisco; MMS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jesse Russell, University of Mary; PhD, Louisiana State University

Carmine T. Sarraccino, Professor of English, Elizabethtown College; PhD, University of Michigan

Mirand Sharma, MD, Emergency Medicine Specialist

David L. Sonnier, Professor of Computer Science, Lyon College; MS, Georgia Institute of Technology; Lt. Colonel (retired); BS, U. S. Military Academy

Frank J. Tipler, Professor, Tulane University; PhD, University of Maryland

Clyde Wilson, Professor of History (emeritus), University of South Carolina; PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Please join this growing list. Send your name and credentials to Paul Gottfried, at [email protected] If you are unsure whether or not you qualify as a scholar (we are looking for those with PhDs, academics, and professors, and those with medical, law, engineering, architectural and other such professional degrees, also masters’ degrees, published writers and authors) err on the side of including yourself, but give us more information about yourself. In order to do the most good, we want this list to be as large as possible, while still adhering to common definitions of “scholar.

• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump 
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  1. I would join the list but the email given does not work.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  2. Ron Unz says:
    @john cronk

    Apparently there was a typo in the notice which I’ve now corrected.

  3. D. K. says:

    I certainly have a surfeit of academic degrees– B.A. (History and English) / M.S. (Personality & Social Psychology) / M.B.A. (Management & Organization) / J.D. (Law)– and I even spent one academic year teaching college, twenty years ago, at the invitation of an old college housemate (with as many degrees as I have, who has spent most of his career in academia), but I still cannot fancy myself as a scholar. I do appreciate these professional scholars, especially those who still are of working age, who are willing to be listed as supporting the Trump campaign, as flawed as it is, as the last, best chance of forestalling the coup de grace against the American Experiment– which is what the reinstallation of the Clintons in the White House certainly would portend, in the four to eight years ahead of Barack Obama’s impending departure from office. While I certainly think that a President Trump would find himself hard-pressed to get much of his agenda through even an overwhelmingly Republican Congress– most of whose members are much closer to Paul Ryan than to Donald Trump– if a President Trump did nothing for four years but play golf, I do believe that America would be exponentially (if not indeed infinitely) better off than under a third Clinton term, now that the Democratic Party (which I formally left in 1999, after twenty-five years, due to its overwhelming support for Bill Clinton, even after the full scope and depth of his unfitness for office finally had been revealed to the public) has been taken over by its radical, and ultimately anti-American, wing.

  4. I appreciate the courage and good will demonstrated by these scholars. They have earned the enmity of the State for the sake of their country. Scholars with balls. Who knew.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    You approximately stole my words.

    Yes there are scholars with dignity, and the scholarly worth needed to afford themselves such a luxury like having one.

    They might be the numerically smallest minority, and they probably are the first minority whose rights should be of concern.

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Let’s see if Jewish people of knowledge will be as prominently represented on this list as they are in others of different nature and ends, and hope it be so.

    • Replies: @jtgw
  7. jtgw says:

    Two of the conveners are Jewish (well, Gottfried says he was born Jewish but I’m not sure how he identifies himself now; Block is still very Jewish).

    EDIT: According to this source, PG still practices Judaism. WB is an atheist but definitely identifies as a Jew ethnically.

  8. Although he does not appear to have signed the Gottfried/Block statement, Yale computer science professor David Gelernter wrote the lead opinion piece in the October 14 Wall Street Journal endorsing Trump.

    The headline was;

    Trump and the Emasculated Voter
    There’s only one way to protect the nation from Hillary Clinton, and that is to vote for Donald Trump.

    Here is the URL:

  9. Ivan K. says:

    Related article:

    Sara Reardon from Nature magazine, the most widely read science journal in the world, put the word out: what working scientist would admit publicly to supporting Trump?

    Why wouldn’t any scientist admit to supporting one of the two (major) nominees to the presidency of the once United States of America? Maybe the responses to Reardon’s tweet give a clue.


    “I’m doing a side piece on ignominious career blunders, mind if I borrow some quotes?”

  10. Jason Liu says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t been abducted and beaten to death in some campus basement

  11. Rehmat says:

    Scholars – my foot ….. They’re treated like crap if they make POLITICAL WRONG STATEMENT. Look at Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Kaukab Siddiqui, Rev. Captain Christopher John Antal, Laura Nader, and Joy Karega (Oberlin College), who claims that “Israel was behind 9/11, and Paris terrorist attacks.”

    • Replies: @richard feibel
  12. nickels says:

    Good move.

  13. syonredux says:

    So the purpose of this is for factional feuding with the one Bill Bennett already started? Frankly I’d be more impressed by a list of female K-8 teachers for Trump. This campaign is a fight about credentialed social status, not learning or intellect.

  14. This article being a ray of hope, however where all all of the women’s names, or does this somehow indicate that women are more susceptible to leftist propaganda.

    Jazz artists for DT :

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years.

    And I am assuming that I am the sole jazz player worldwide, who is a DT supporter, the lot of them being leftist nutcases.

    My departed uncle, a marvelous piano and vocal man, who on occasion played with such names as Benny Goodman, told me as a teenager that he never “associated” with musicians as they were all nuts.

    The strangest societal phenomena being that somehow leftists have managed to create a bogus public image of themselves being the “educated” “enlightened”, most intelligent member of society, and conservatives being hicks, rednecks, and unedumacated racists.

  15. Cato says:

    This sign-up sheet hasn’t really taken off. Too bad. But most academics have kids, a mortgage, and experience of how even one wrong word in a lecture can bring the administration’s unwelcome attention. So I’m not signing. If I did, “journalists” would call me, my colleagues, the administration, fishing for the most damaging anecdote they could find.

    • Replies: @wrd9
  16. wrd9 says:

    Yes, I have a relative who’s the chair of a dept at a top research institution. Although he has tenure, his chair is at the whim of the dean, and you can bet he could be blacklisted for grants as well. I’m hoping that a President Trump can rollback the massive discrimination that exists against the right in all areas.

  17. Anonymous [AKA "Eric Jaffa"] says:

    You care so much about “law and order” that you’re endorsing a candidate who discriminated against black renters, underpaid contractors, and defrauded the students of Trump University.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  18. @Anonymous

    Quoting BC : “Ten years ago he ( BO )would have been bringing us the coffee”.

    You have no clue as to the racist attitudes of Arkansas hillbillies, or as to the camoflaged racism of Democrats in general : The KKK was started by Democrats, and they haven’t changed one iota.

    Authenticjazman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years.

  19. @Rehmat

    absolutely correct, and the first one to write the””ISRAELI LOBBY”” dr s meirsheimer and walt were driven out of the u.s .to even get their work in print. no news media book review or any other academic would touch it.

  20. No women scholars. Not a coincidence.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  21. El Dato says:

    Scholars for Clinton because she’s the convenient status quo, a known known (this seems to be the gist). And persecuted by the MSM:

  22. Rehmat says:
    @Poupon Marx

    I don’t know a pro-Trump female scholar – but many lesbians do support Donald Trump…..

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