America's oldest college debate society, Princeton University's American Whig-Cliosphic Society passed a motion to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service awarded to Ted Cruz in 2016. — Joshua Zitser, Business Insider Weekend News Reporter
America's oldest college debate society, Princeton University's American Whig-Cliosphic Society passed a motion to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service awarded to Ted Cruz in 2016. — Joshua Zitser, Business Insider Weekend News Reporter
America's oldest college debate society votes to strip Ted Cruz of a prestigious Princeton honor for public service
  • Princeton's American Whig-Cliosphic Society voted to strip Sen. Ted Cruz of a public service award.
  • Society members voted 37-32 in favor of rescinding the honor, The Daily Princetonian reported.
  • Cruz is facing criticism for his role in the insurrection on January 6 and an ill-timed Cancun trip.
Princeton University's American Whig-Cliosphic Society passed a motion to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service awarded to Cruz in 2016, the newspaper reported.

Members of the society proposed the motion because unhappy at Cruz's support of baseless voter fraud claims in the 2020 election and the January 6 Capitol attack.

The award — introduced in 1960 — is bestowed upon individuals who have "taken up the arduous but righteous cause of dedicating their life to the betterment of society," according to the society's website.

This is the first time in the society's history that members have voted to rescind this award, The Daily Princetonian said.


... Cruz graduated from Princeton in 1992 and was considered a brilliant orator in his youth.

The society's Board will now make a decision of Trustees as to whether the award should formally be revoked, according to The Daily Princetonian. They are expected to approve.
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