Geraldo Rivera Resigns From Yale Over College Name Change

Geraldo Rivera Resigns From Yale Over College Name Change

Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera abruptly announced his resignation as an associate fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University this weekend after the school announced plans to rename the college because of former Vice President John C. Calhoun’s support for slavery.

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Rivera cited the school’s “intolerant insistence on political correctness” for his unexpected resignation.

The decision regarding the name change was announced Saturday in response to protests from students, faculty and alumni.

Calhoun, who was vice president from 1825 to 1832, also served as secretary of state, secretary of war and a U.S. senator. He died in 1850.

“I made this decision because I think it is the right thing to do on principle,” Yale University President Peter Salovey said during a conference call with reporters. “John C. Calhoun’s principles, his legacy as an ardent supporter of slavery as a positive good, are at odds with this university.”

The college is slated to be renamed after computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, who, during her decades-long career, helped develop the COBOL programming language and later served as a Navy rear admiral.

Rivera expounded on why he chose to resign.

He added that former President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, once named Calhoun one of the five “greatest” all-time senators.

As the chairman of a special committee tasked with determining the top five senators in American history in 1957, Kennedy and his peers “easily agreed on three of the five greatest senators: the ‘Great Triumvirate’ senators of Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, Henry Clay of Kentucky and John Calhoun of South Carolina.”

Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804.

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