The most embarrassing part is that the writers of the letter had to clarify to Campus Reform what they meant when they referenced suicides and President Trump. This from Campus Reform:
In a letter to Columbia President Lee Bollinger, professors Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, the co-chairs of the Columbia Faculty Affairs Committee, say Trump’s election has cast a “malaise that sits like a fog over Columbia” that not even George Orwell’s classic 1984 can adequately address.
“We know no one at Columbia who is not upset, chronically and deeply, since the election,” declare Pollack and Moss-Salentijn, who even go so far as to blame the result for recent student suicides.
“We know this is true of the administration, and your letter certainly embodies this distress,” they continue, referring to Bollinger’s statementresponding to Trump’s executive order on immigration. “We know it is true of our students, and the cluster of suicides this month can have no other meaning.”