A professor for the University of Pennsylvania, who at one point attempted to urge the school to revoke the undergraduate degree of from President Donald Trump, has put forth a statement that he is now attempting to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.
As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eric Orts, a professor in the Wharton School of Business, is now running for the seat of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. He is currently laying his platform on climate change and has put out the call for Old Uncle Joe to formally declare a state of national emergency concerning climate change.
“We’re in a climate emergency. We have a second season of wildfires in the Northwest,” Orts said in an interview with the Inquirer. “In Pennsylvania, we set [heat] records in June. A lot of people have known scientifically this is a problem, and a lot of people are just ignoring it. The politicians are saying they’ll do something, but they never do something.”
Orts put out the statement announcing his candidacy back on July 22nd. He is now part of a group of 13 other Democrats all attempting to unseat Sen. Toomey, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.
Today I’m officially launching my campaign for U.S. Senate. It’s time to elect leaders who will address the most critical challenge of our era: the climate emergency. https://t.co/IVjNTCCNdH
— Eric Orts (@EricOrts) July 22, 2021
Orts has held a position as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania for well over 3 decades and is known as one of the six professors who demanded that the administration of the university begin an investigation into completely unsubstantiated claimed that Trump, who is a graduate from Wharton, cheated on his S.A.T. exams.
As reported by Campus Reform, the document written by Orts and others noted a claim that Trump had paid someone to take all of his standardized tests for him. Such a claim was written in “Too Much and Never Enough,” which is a book published by the former President’s niece Mary Trump.
“Failing to investigate an allegation of fraud at such a level broadcasts to prospective students and the world at large that the playing field is not equal,” read the letter put forth by the group of professors. The group then went on to cite that universities own policy on revoking degrees, which explains that degrees can be revoked for what they claim to be fraud.
The letter demanded that an investigation take place in spite of the fact that it admitted that “it is true that the truth of an event that occurred more than fifty years ago may be difficult to establish.” The group of professors then claimed that “President Trump has provided substantial evidence that he is not above lying and cheating in other contexts.”
The current University Provost Wendell Pritchett outright denied the request for an investigation, however, he did claim that the administration is worried “about these allegations and the integrity of our admissions process.” He continued on to say that the school “determined that this situation occurred too far in the past to make a useful or probative factual inquiry possible.”