The Harvard Republican Club has seen a surge in interest this fall after declining to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The Harvard Crimson reports that nearly 150 students showed up to the club’s introductory meeting last week, compared to about 30 who attended last year’s meeting.
In August, the Harvard Republican Club became one of several Ivy League GOP groups to withhold support for the party’s nominee, describing Trump in a Facebook post as “a threat to the survival of the Republic.” The club’s non-endorsement was widely reported in national media outlets.
College Republicans at Princeton have also declined to endorse Trump, while the president of the Republican Club at Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, has said members of the group “are almost embarrassed he went to our school.”
Declan Garvey, president of the Harvard Republican Club, suggested that the group’s denunciation of Trump likely helped to increase interest in the club, telling the Crimson that he had expected the “polarizing” nature of Trump’s candidacy to drive people away.
According to a survey conducted in the spring, the members of Harvard’s most recent class of graduates are Ready for Hillary. More than two-thirds said they were supporting Hillary Clinton, while 28 percent they preferred Hillary’s then-primary challenger Bernie Sanders. Just 5 percent of recent Harvard grads said they were backing Donald Trump.
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