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Students Fight Back Against Anti-Trump Targeting

College Republicans resist threats of retribution to expose unhinged professor's rant

After one of the greatest upsets in political history, teachers and professors across the nation have not been adjusting well to the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald Trump.

Some professors have resorted to “preaching, not teaching.”

“[Trump’s win] is an act of terrorism. One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.”

The old ways of campus repression of conservative thought are returning.

And despite Trump’s successful campaign against, and mockery of, political correctness, there is no sign it has been pried from campuses. If anything, it is growing stronger in the wake of Trump’s victory.

One student in Costa Mesa, California, decided to fight back.

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The student, still unknown, decided to record the ranting of a psychology teacher at Orange Coast College. The teacher was Olga Perez Stable Cox, who was supposed to talk about human sexuality.

Instead, she suggested Trump supporters were terrorists.

It’s unclear when the video was recorded, but it definitely happened after the Nov. 8 election, because Cox boasts that Republican-leaning Orange County finally voted “my way” — against Trump.

In the video, Cox said, “The nation is divided … It’s an act of terrorism. One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.”

One student, Tanner Webb, said Cox was trying to single out Trump voters in the human sexuality class.

“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters,” Webb told CBS-Los Angeles. “And nobody felt like they could stand up. Me, in fear of my grade. And then she said, ‘I bet none of you will stand up because you’re embarrassed for yourselves. The rest of the class should look out for them and know who to protect themselves from.'”

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That’s when the College Republicans stepped in. They uploaded the video to the Internet and rallied students on campus. Dozens of students showed up at protests, where Cox’s words were transcribed on a large poster.

But instead of listening to the students, the teachers’ union threatened legal action against the anonymous student. The union later denied they had threatened to get the student expelled.

Cox also claimed she was threatened. She has reportedly fled the state for the rest of the fall semester.

The CR president, Joshua Martinez, has called for Cox to be fired.

But students and union members have rallied to Cox’s defense, saying she was exercising her right to free speech in the classroom.

The clash promises not to be a rarity. At the University of California at Berkeley, pro-Trump College Republicans saw their Trump cardboard cut-out ripped into pieces.

Responding to a question from CNN, a majority of UC-Berkeley Republicans said they hesitate to express themselves in class for fear of being singled out.

Trump and his college supporters are also being portrayed as violent hoods.

Dave Huber, an assistant editor at The College Fix, which tracks campus politics, said he has seen a spike in hoaxes that portray Trump supporters in a bad light, or as racists or hooligans looking to assault people.

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A major hoax of late was the case of Muslim student Yasmin Seweid, a Baruch College student. According to DNAinfo, Seweid told police that she boarded a New York City train on Dec. 1 and was called a “terrorist” by three drunken young white men.

Seweid is under investigation for making a false police report.

Many such cases have popped up, with allegations of people shouting “Trump” and grabbing at a hijab, a traditional Muslim garment, according to one campus watchdog. Other hoaxes involve alleged intimidation.

“There’s been so many,” said Huber. “There’s one in Babson College. Students were accused of driving around at Wellesley College … and they were gloating about Trump’s victory.”

Huber said students at the all-female college felt threatened by the display, and that the gloating included flying the Confederate flag in a vehicle.

“That turned out not to be accurate,” said Huber.

Huber said one theme is there is usually no video, and few or no witnesses who saw Trump supporters using racial epithets or derogatory terms for gay people.

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