Trump Supporters on Campus Are Roughed Up
Fights nearly break out at Portland school; free speech threatened
The backlash toward students who support Donald Trump’s candidacy for the presidency is becoming more heated on some college campuses — and potentially more dangerous, too.
At Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, approximately 100 Black Lives Matter activists stormed a meeting of Students for Trump this week, and the ramifications of that action continue to grow. A video taken by a citizen journalist shows the activists shoving the Trump supporters, screaming in their faces, and aggressively mocking the other students’ support of Trump.
The activists, who felt triumphant in shutting down the meeting, promised to do the same with any other meetings the Students for Trump group might hold.
Some students reported that campus security had been called because of the increasing aggression, but that they did not respond. LifeZette reached out to campus security at Portland State but did not hear back.
“What we are hearing is that any Trump meeting — or even Republican meeting — on campus will be interrupted,” a Harvard University student who wished to remain anonymous told LifeZette over the weekend. “It’s really heated out there. I just hope nothing really bad happens, and that no one gets hurt.”
Ryan Fournier, the national leader and founder of Students for Trump, told LifeZette exclusively, “Our people were attacked at the event they were holding in Portland on campus, trying to advocate for Donald Trump. My team is still collecting details from the Oregon chapter at the university.”
The revealing video footage taken at the event Thursday night by someone who goes by the YouTube handle "Laughing at Liberals" also showed students trying to shut down his filming by shoving their hands in front of his camera. He was recording the footage in a public setting, however, and can be heard citing the laws that protect his ability to film.
"Laughing at Liberals" described his footage, in part, this way: "It was utter chaos at Portland State University Thursday evening, as over 100 whack job commie students crashed the forming meeting for Students for Trump. Fights nearly broke out ... Latino students were shoving the Trump students out of the way, another student encourages others to join anti-capitalist groups. They shut down and silenced the pro Donald Trump group, mocking their talking points, whined about TRUMP chalk on the sidewalk, and it ends with the socialist students gloating about shutting it down and promising to come back if Students for Trump holds another meeting."
Why are Black Lives Matter advocates becoming physically aggressive toward Trump supporters?
It may have something to do with the current ideology flowing through elite institutions of higher learning and influenced by Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. West is also professor emeritus at Princeton University, and has taught at Yale and Harvard.
West, a radical who holds a position of influence within American academia, is an enthusiastic supporter of Black Lives Matter, and has participated in both Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street protests. West is an adopter of the ideology of Franz Fanon, a Marxist writer, philosopher and revolutionary from France who has influenced the Black Panther movement, the Black Power movement, and the current Black Lives Matter movement among others, Breitbart News has reported. Fanon famously claimed violence is just "man re-creating himself."
West is also a Bernie Sanders supporter. Rallies for GOP contenders Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have been interrupted by aggressive pro-Sanders supporters.
"I just hope nothing really bad happens, and that no one gets hurt," said a Harvard student.
West backs what he terms "legitimate forms of violence," and cleaves more to the Malcolm X brand of social justice than the peaceful protests of Martin Luther King Jr. He has stated, "I am not, like my dear brother Martin, a pacifist. I understand it there is a legitimate form of violence that must flow from below and all nonviolent options are in fact called into question…" West has used King’s name, however, to rally the troops in favor of Sanders.
In a piece for Politico in February entitled, "Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary," West wrote, "Now, with Obama’s departure from the White House, we shall see clearly where black America stands in relation to King’s legacy. Will voters put a smile on Martin’s face? It’s clear how we can do it. King smiles at Sanders’ deep integrity and genuine conviction, while he weeps at the Clinton machine’s crass opportunism and the inequality and injustice it breeds."
The aggressive tactics of Black Lives Matter activists or other protesting groups on college campuses are a clear interruption and violation of the right to free speech. The hysteria from those on the Left over chalked messages of support for Donald Trump is also problematic. Could it be that in this ultra-PC environment, the exercise of free speech amid a shoulder-to-shoulder pursuit of academic interests on our college campuses is impossible today? It certainly seems so right now.