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Brandman University condemns John C. Eastman's participation in January 6 rally

January 09, 2021 by Gary Brahm

Chancellor Gary Brahm today issued the following statement in response to Chapman University law professor John C. Eastman’s participation in the January 6th protest rally that took place near the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. immediately preceding the insurrection against the United States federal government. The Chancellor also stated his disagreement with social media posts that attempted to falsely align the Brandman community with John C. Eastman’s conduct.

Brandman University condemns Chapman University law professor John C. Eastman for his participation in the January 6th protest rally held in Washington D.C. immediately preceding the insurrection against the United States federal government. In September 2020, I voiced our strong opposition to Eastman’s racist op-ed in Newsweek, which maligned Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Today, I reiterate our opposition to John C. Eastman’s actions.

The riotous behavior perpetrated at the U.S. Capitol went far beyond vandalism. Members of Congress were not the only Americans who were threatened on that day. The deadly riot threatened the foundation of our democracy and the constitutional rights of all who are committed to a peaceful and respectful transfer of power.

I must also strenuously disagree with any individual who claims that Eastman personifies the Brandman University community merely because we are a member of the Chapman University System. To make such a spurious claim is unconscionable. Eastman is not now, nor has he ever been, an employee of Brandman. There is no basis for casting a dark shadow over Brandman faculty and staff who consistently carry themselves with integrity, while improving community-based outcomes by helping working adults and active-duty members of the military.  Denigrating our entire institution based on the actions of one man, who has never been associated with the University, serves no constructive purpose. It simply escalates the distribution of disinformation, which is weakening our democratic institutions.

At Brandman, we will remain focused on supporting our students so that they can continue to excel in their studies and overcome the pandemic’s harsh effect on their lives. As chancellor, I am proud to serve alongside the outstanding members of the Brandman community who strive to avoid the alarming distractions caused by political polarization. Our faculty, staff and students are part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

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