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Calls for Eastman’s Removal or Resignation at Chapman Over Jan 6 Trump Rally Intensify

John East, left, at Jan 6 “Save America” Rally

Republican comments on January 6 seeking to overturn the democratic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ought to sicken any American who truly loves this country.  Here’s a peek via YouTube. And who was there? Chapman University’s School of Law’s John Eastman, who penned an article claiming that Kamala Harris was ineligible to be vice president because of her parents immigrant status from Jamaica and India. not her birth in Oakland.

Eastman is part of Trump’s legal team that’s 1 for 60 in legal challenges to Biden’s wins in various swing states. He was a prominent speaker at the “Save America” rally in Washington on January 6.

Here’s some of Eatsman’s nonsense:  This argument, and this one.

These are pretty bad too:  Here, and go tot he :56 minute mark here and Rudy’s introduction and 1:02 mark for Eastman’s comments at the rally.

There are calls from Eastman’s resignation or removal from his position at Colorado University and Chapman University. The president of Chapman University said Friday that controversial law professor John Eastman, had “publicly disparaged” the University. “This week, John Eastman, a member of the Chapman faculty, played a role in the tragic events in Washington, D.C., that jeopardized our democracy,” according to Dr. Daniele Struppa in a letter to the Chapman community. “Eastman’s actions are in direct opposition to the values and beliefs of our institution.. He has now put Chapman in the position of being publicly disparaged for the actions of a single faculty member, and for what many call my failure to punish and fire him.”

Dr. Struppa said that if it is determined that Eastman broke any laws, then “appropriate action” would be taken.

The simple solution, of course, is to vote with your pocketbook.  Chapman alumni need to stop writing checks and let the chancellor’s office know why money isn’t forthcoming.  Business organizations who write checks to the school should also follow suit to the point of asking for donations to be returned.  C’mon Chapman Law graduates…time to step up.  When it comes to the University’s finances or Eastman’s poor judgment on the 2020 election, Chapman may take a much longer look at the high cost of its association with Eastman.

There’s an effort to have Eastman removed from his position at Boulder and at Chapman.  So far, Eastman seems safe in Boulder because, while the chancellor has condemned Eastman’s comments at the January 6 “Save America” rally, he has refused to fire Eastman.

Here’s the statement the University issued:

The University of Colorado Boulder understands that a visiting faculty member has served as President Trump’s counsel in election matters, and today continued to make baseless and unfounded statements regarding the 2020 presidential election at an event in Washington, D.C. Professor Eastman’s representation of President Trump and his appearance at a political rally is personal conduct. Professor Eastman does not act in any legal capacity to represent CU Boulder’s interests. Professor Eastman’s representation of a client and political activities are not within the course and scope of his duties at CU Boulder, and the campus does not exercise any oversight over them. His statements today do not in any sense reflect CU Boulder’s position.

Here’s a statement from multiple Chapman University faculty:

On December 9, 2020, Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the votes of 20,728,841 Americans be nullified so that his client – President Donald J. Trump – might claim a victory in the presidential election.

The justices declined to hear the case, which was founded on bizarre legal theories and misinformation.

In response, the following 159 members of the Chapman University faculty put forward the following statement:

We are Chapman’s faculty, and we’ve had enough.

“John Eastman’s brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election in multiple states is a disgraceful attack on American democracy and must be regarded as such. This filing of errors and outright falsehoods — in which Eastman has used his Chapman email and phone number — is contrary to the core values of this university and should be regarded as an embarrassment. This is not who we are.”

Here’s a letter to the editor published by the LA Times:

To the editor: Last month, 159 Chapman University faculty members signed a statement of outrage that law professor John Eastman was using his university credentials in a spurious lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. At the time, we did not call for his ouster.

But his actions Wednesday that helped incite a riot against the U.S. government put matters into a different realm. They should disqualify him from the privilege of teaching law to Chapman students and strip him of the honor of an endowed chair.

Eastman spouted lies about “secret folders” to fire up an angry crowd and stood approvingly next to Rudy Giuliani as he called for “trial by combat.” These conspiratorial claims of a stolen election were the basis of the insurrection.

Free speech is sacred, and tenured academics like Eastman have the privilege of speaking their mind without fear of repercussion. But Eastman abused that freedom. Consider the 1969 Supreme Court decision in Brandenburg vs. Ohio (1969), which provides broad protection for speech except that “directed to producing or inciting imminent lawless action.”

On this basis, we call on Chapman’s faculty senate, president, provost and law school dean to promptly take action against Eastman for his role in the events of Jan. 6.

Any failure to act by the university would hurt the careers of all faculty, alumni and staff at Chapman. Our research could be associated with extremism thanks to Eastman’s actions.

More importantly, our students deserve better. Eastman’s high-profile actions over the past year cannot be characterized as ethical, productive or of distinction. Throughout the year students and faculty have called for sanctions for his actions. He does not belong on our campus.

Lisa Leitz, associate professor of sociology and peace studies
Robert Slayton, professor of history
Wylie Aitken, chairman, Board of Trustees
Jennifer Keller, trustee
Loretta Sanchez, trustee and former member of Congress

This letter was also signed by 141 other Chapman University faculty.  The list includes:

Lori Cox Han, Political Science

Fred Smoller, Political Science

Robert Slayton, History

John Compton, Political Science

Crystal Murphy, Political Science

Shira Klein, History

Gordon Babst, Political Science

Tom Zoellner, English

Bill Cumiford, History

Charissa Threat, History

Lisa Leitz, Peace Studies

Alex Bay, History

Carolyn Larmore, Law

Polly Hodge, World Languages

Mu-Xuan Lin, Music

Tony Mosconi, Physical Therapy

Steven Schandler, Psychology

Jo Armour Smith, Physical Therapy

Vincent Berardi, Psychology

Mary Kennedy, Communication Studies and Disorders

Stephen Coker, Music

Jeff Cogan, Music

Peter Atherton, Music

Heather Enriquez, Music

Tom Bradac, Theatre

John Benitz, Theatre

Jill Dunham, Mathematics

Martin Nakell, English

Richard Ruppel, English

Jennifer Bevan, Communications

Brenna Gormally, Biological Sciences

David Fouser, History

Nancy Martin, Religious Studies

Walter Piper, Biological Sciences

Lindsay Waldrop, Education

Stephanie Bailey, Physics

Michael Pace, Philosophy

Kenjiro Quides, Biological Sciences

Art Blaser, Political Science

Claudine Jaenichen, Art

Patrick Fuery, Creative and Cultural Industries

Morgan Read-Davidson, English

Andrea Molle, Political Science

Richard Bausch, English

Roselee Hellberg, Food Science

Lauren Dudley, Chemistry

Peter Simi, Sociology

Tekle Woldemikail, Sociology

James Brown, Peace Studies

Victoria Carty, Sociology

Rachel Goldberg, Film

Jeffrey Koerber, History

John Miklavcic, Food Science

Zachary Thammavongsy, Chemistry

Joanna Levin, English

Mark Axelrod, English

Jan Osborn, English

Julye Bidmead, Religious Studies

Micol Hebron, Art

Bobby Dexter, Law

Amy Buono, Art

Jennifer Villoria, Chemistry

Michael Kowalski, Film

Paul Gulino, Film

Bill Wright, Biological Sciences

Jay Boylan, Film

Anna Leahy, English

David Kost, Film

Sam Risak, English

Susan Isaacs, Film

Rei Magosaki, English

Don Cardinal, Education

Barbara Doyle, Film

Jim Fredrick, Film

Lia Halloran, Art

Joseph Rosenberg, Film

Stephen Galloway, Film

Madeline Warren, Film

Nam Lee, Film

Andrew Lane, Film

Ian Barnard, English

Barry Blaustein, Film

Mort Nathan, Film

Pavel Jech, Film

Whitney McIntyre Miller, Education

Stephen Hirsen, Film

Bill Rosenthal, Film

John Badham, Film

John Chichester, Film

Travis Knox, Film

Francesca Paduano, World Languages

Jillian Wood, Education

Brian Hoover, Biological Sciences

Bernard McGrane, Sociology

Lynn Horton, Sociology

Amy Graziano, Music

Samantha Dressel, English

Justine Van Meter, English

Jerry LaRue, Chemistry

Joe Matthews, Music

Fred Caporaso, Food Science

James Blaylock, English

Cathy Lesnick, Physical Therapy

Gail Stearns, Chapel

Rozell Prexy Nesbitt, Peace Studies

Jason Thornberry, English

Bill Rosenthal, Film

Kathryn Thibault, Public Relations and Advertising

Lynda Hall, English

Roberta Lessor, Sociology

Georgiana Bostean, Sociology

Andrew Manson, Political Science

Andrew Shalat, Art

Michael Wood, World Languages

Lemuel Day, Sociology

Anuradha Prakash, Food Science

Gil Bettman, Film

Bill Dill, Film

David Ward, Film

Bret Marcus, Film

Emily Carman, Film

Gregory Warren, Education

Paul Seydor, Film

Alexandra Rose, Film

Kelli Fuery, Film

James Dutcher, Film

Travis Knox, Film

Meghan Kemp-Gee, English

Karina Trejo Melendez, English

Tammi Yi, Music

Michael Fahy, Engineering

Kevin O’Brien, English

Junji Yoshida, World Languages

Sean Heim, Music

James Hirsch, World Languages

Julie Shafer, Art

Danielle Shorr, English

Jeff Swimmer, Film

Roy Finch, Film

Eileen Jankowski, English

Mark Harrison, Engineering

Barry W Blaustein, Film

Julia Boehm, Psychology

Katrina Prow, English

Matthew Leifer, Physics

Douglas Cooney, English

Jill Condon, Film

Susan Paterno, English

Alexander Kurz, Engineering

Anna Abdou, Psychology

Mark Maier, Education

Derrick Ortega, English

Tiffany Monroe, English

Megan McMurtrey, English

Ariel Banavan, English

Paige Welsh, English

Daniel Miess, English

John Koshak, Music

Jessica Sternfeld, Music


  1. John Doe John Doe January 11, 2021

    I am a Chapman Law alumnus. I agree, Eastman needs to go. However, your post suggests that you think this can happen with our pocketbooks. I think you may overestimate how many Chapman Law alumi actually give to the school. Based on my (non-scientific, purely anecdotal) knowledge of my colleagues, I think it’s probably not much. Thus, a threat to stop donating money won’t make much of a dent. And despite the number of professors who signed on to this letter, I note that there are only two professors from the law school who added their names. That’s not going to cut it.

  2. Always the truth Always the truth January 11, 2021

    Why does the left who claim to be liberal and tolerant always do the opposite. They never debate the facts. They brook no dissent and when they disagree with you, they try to shut you down and cancel you.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | January 12, 2021

      what facts would you like to debate? Georgia counted votes three times — once by hand confirming the other two counts. Trump has 30,000 documented lies; can we debate those facts?

  3. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski January 13, 2021

    well, the LA Times is reporting that Eastman won’t be fired. Hopefully he is shamed into resigning.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | January 14, 2021

      he’s retired effective immediately

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