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The head of the New York State Republican Party accused Columbia University president Lee Bollinger of taking a veiled swipe at President Trump in a welcome back email message sent to students to start the fall semester.

Toward the end of the Sept. 4 statement, Bollinger, a registered Democrat according to Board of Election records, emphasizes that the tax-exempt university doesn’t take sides in elections or political controversies.

But Bollinger then lets it rip.

“I cannot close without expressing a larger concern about the wellbeing of America’s constitutional democracy,” he said.

“I have said many times over the past several years that, while the University takes no position on political issues, no matter how serious or even grave, a university cannot survive in a society that does not take seriously the basic elements of civic life—respect for truth, respect for reason as a means to truth, and the embrace of a foundational principle of human equality.

“In those, we have as much at stake as anyone and can, indeed must, devote our resources to their preservation. So, one priority we have as an institution is to assist students with voting, no matter where they are located in the United States or beyond, and you will be hearing more about this issue in the coming weeks.”

State GOP chairman Nick Langworthy said Bollinger’s statement was a slickly worded dog whistle attack aimed at Trump — using lines that partisan Democrats often use claiming the president repeatedly lies or disregards the truth.

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“For a so-called top university, this is a poor attempt at trying to veil an attack against the President,” Langworthy said. “Sadly, it’s just another example of the indoctrination and group think that is rotting our higher education systems from the inside out.”

Bollinger declined requests for comment about GOP criticism of his statement to students.

Columbia has provided a welcoming mat for autocratic and anti-democratic figures to speak on campus — including the Jew-hating former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bollinger did slam Ahmadinejad as a “petty and cruel dictator” during the 2007 event.

Colleges and universities have to be careful to steer clear of politics to preserve their special tax-exempt status.

The US Senate has investigated universities in the past for among other things, financial arrangements involving former top White House officials.

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No! The Answer to the Question is No!: Chris Wallace Demands Trump Be Quiet as He Berates Biden About Hunter

The 2020 Presidential Debate took a dramatic on Tuesday night when President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Fox News’ Chris Wallace ended up in a fiery 3-way collision, and no one gave an inch.

As Biden took shots at Trump’s trade negotiations with China, Trump retorted by claiming “China ate your lunch,” then the president pivoted in order to attack Biden’s son Hunter. Trump’s attacks gravitated around the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committee’s renewed report on the ex-veep’s son and the questionable dealings he engaged in while on the board of Burisma.

For the next three minutes, the debate went WAY off the rails as Trump continued his onslaught, Biden retorted the “discredited” attack, and Wallace tried to get a grip and let each side have their say. Wallace’s success was extremely limited however, for Trump and Biden kept trampling over each other, which led the latter to say in exasperation “it’s hard to get any word in with this clown.”

In the end, Wallace forcefully declared the segment over, but he ended up raising his voice as Trump kept going on. The Fox anchor scolded both by telling them to be mindful of the debate format they agreed to, though Wallace directed the admonition more towards Trump.

“The country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I’m appealing to you to do that, sir,” Wallace said to Trump. When the president complained about Biden’s interruption, Wallace told him “Frankly you’ve been doing more interrupting.”

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