Janet Napolitano Departs the University of California

After transforming it into Clinton University.

Janet Napolitano is stepping down as president of the University of California, claiming, “it seemed like a good time to have some fresh blood.” Napolitano was never an educator, so students, alumni, and taxpayers have good cause to wonder why she was hired in the first place.

As they survey the wreckage she leaves behind, Californians might look back at Napolitano’s political connections.

Janet Napolitano made her public debut in the 1991 campaign to keep Clarence Thomas off the U.S. Supreme Court. Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her and Napolitano, then with a Phoenix law firm, represented Hill in the matter. In the confirmation proceedings, Hill’s witness Susan Hoerchner, “suddenly developed amnesia,” about parts of her story that contradicted Hill.

Napolitano refused to answer questions whether she had persuaded Hoerchner to change her testimony, that is, to lie. That sort of witness tampering and obstruction of justice should have got Napolitano disbarred and ended her legal career. As she knew, in Democrat circles, smear duty against an African American conservative Supreme Court Nominee is the key to stardom.

Napolitano went on to serve as attorney general of Arizona and her great achievement in that office was to ban Christmas displays on public property. As Arizona governor, she inclined to cronyism, appointing to the state supreme court her campaign attorney Scott Bales, a liberal Democrat who also worked at her former law firm. Governor Napolitano vetoed seven bills intended to fight illegal immigration but her anti-conservative zealotry came to the fore during her stint as Department of Homeland Security boss under POTUS 44.

Napolitano followed his lead and expunged the word “terrorism” from the DHS lexicon and purged experts showing the connection between terrorism and jihad. On Napolitano’s watch, the DHS put out Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, a sweeping indictment of those who prefer limited government and constitutional measures such as the Second Amendment.

Napolitano’s DHS failed to track Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s bomb training and despite warnings from abroad failed to keep him out of the country. In 2009, Farouk Abdulmutallab, a protégé of Anwar al-Awlaki on a terrorist watch list, managed to buy a one-way ticket with cash and board the plane with a bomb in his underwear. Napolitano claimed “the system worked” in this case. 

Napolitano began releasing detainees from immigration jails and distorted the numbers. She claimed that the border was more secure than ever when it wasn’t, attacked state efforts to step up enforcement, and ridiculed the idea of a border wall. On her watch the number of those crossing the border illegally increased and her tenure at DHS, said Sen. Jeff Sessions, was “defined by a consistent disrespect for the rule of law.” Napolitano continued that disrespect as president of the University of California. 

In 1996, California voters passed the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209), barring racial and ethnic preferences in university admissions. Napolitano derided the measure as a “legal barrier,” to “diversity.” Napolitano hailed a “partnership” with Mexico and made the UC a sanctuary system, founding and funding the UC Center for Undocumented Student Legal Services. President Napolitano also ruled that UC campus police would not cooperate with federal authorities.

As a result of this sanctuary policy, the 4,000 or so illegals now in the UC system are the most protected and pampered in the country. They pay in-state tuition and Napolitano granted them a $25.2 million aid package running through 2019. While spending American taxpayers’ money on illegal foreign nationals, Napolitano made no cuts in the UC’s bloated bureaucracy. And she steadily ramped up tuition and fees for the California students the University of California was created to serve. The students responded by exercising their First Amendment rights.

At a UC Regents meeting in 2017, students shouted “Arrest Napolitano!” and “Janet must go!” They were protesting the steady tuition hikes Napolitano imposed while secretly amassing a slush fund of $175 million, which she used to shower perks on overpaid staff and renovate the houses of UC chancellors.

The state auditor reported that Napolitano’s office “intentionally interfered” with their investigators, which could be construed as an obstruction of justice. To the surprise of nobody, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, filed no charges. In one-party California, corrupt Democrat partisans are always above the law.

Janet Napolitano is the equivalent of those Democrat insiders now trying to revive the inquisition against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Napolitano succeeded in transforming one of the nation’s great universities into a wholly owned subsidiary of Democrat domestic policy. The former DHS boss marginalized legitimate American students and made the University of California a service center for thousands of false documented illegals who should not even be in the country.

Like Rose Bird, Jerry Brown’s pick to head the state supreme court, the first female UC president was also the worst. Janet Napolitano makes the case for requiring those who act on behalf of foreign nationals to register as agents of their government, which in Napolitano’s case would be Mexico. The former DHS boss also previews what the nation would look like under the control of any Democrat running for president.

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