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Student Voters Show Their Support for Donald Trump

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Jake Lopez is a student at Westmount College in California who is directing a group of Donald Trump supporters called “Students for Trump.” From his dorm room, he’s helped organize thousands of students to make phone calls, post up fliers and use social media networks to persuade other students to vote for Trump.

However, more of his classmates are leaning toward the left in support of Senator Bernie Sanders and the “Feel the Bern” movement. But the young supporters of Trump still say they are inspired by Trump’s ability to speak his mind and be anti-establishment. Others opposed to him say the very mention of the name Trump makes them feel threatened and hurt.

At Scripps College in Claremont, a Mexican American student saw the hash tag “#trump2016” written on a whiteboard that was located right outside her dorm room. This was considered to be a “racist act” by the student body president.

Students protested at a campus of Atlanta’s Emory University after someone wrote “Accept the Inevitable: Trump 2016” in chalk.

The president of the university named Jim Wagner conducted a meeting with protesters. Later on he sent an email to people of the campus which read:

“They voiced their genuine concern and pain in the face of this perceived intimidation,” referring to the protesters.

Young supporters of Trump believe the criticism against the opinion of minorities is basically what makes them support the “Students for Trump” cause, since America is a liberal dominated society now.

“Today, there is a movement to silence differing views,” Lopez said. He criticizes the students who tend to look upon “safe spaces” as a way to shelter themselves from other people and ideas that differ from theirs.

“That’s not what America is about,” Lopez said. “Mr. Trump, he’s single-handedly bringing back freedom of speech. He’s enabled students to voice whatever we believe in a thoughtful way.”

The Students for Trump group was formed back in October by student Ryan Fournier of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The group was merely just a Twitter account when it was created by the freshman, who had previously supported Rand Paul for president. But he quickly changed his support after liking what Trump had to say about employment and border control.

In between Fournier’s classes, fraternity meetings and homework, he would send out tweets in support of Trump and would often clarify any misinformation that people had about his policies or comments.

“We love Muslims. We hate Islamic Extremism!” one tweet read.

The Twitter page gained about 14,000 followers within less than a month. Then when more GOP candidates started suspending their campaigns, like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, the Twitter page got thousands of additional followers. In December, Fournier was spending over 8 hours per day on Twitter spreading the word.

Over 5,000 students within 200 chapters across 38 different states have joined the Students of Trump group. Fifteen chapters were created in various California campuses, which include USC and UC Santa Barbara.

The group has turned into an enterprise run by volunteers with its own Human Resources department, product line and workers who update the website every day. There are even applicants applying for state director jobs that submit their resumes and are subjected to having their social media accounts examined thoroughly.

The group eventually hired Lopez to help them recruit more students and create more chapters.

“Our pitch was: Some students at the top have too much, and some students at the bottom have too little. So we should redistribute some of the top earners, the 4.0s, to lower students so everyone can graduate equally,” Lopez said. “That provoked people, and we had a lot of good conversations.”

When people saw Lopez’s last name it certainly surprised them, considering the controversial comments that Trump has made about Mexican immigrants being rapists. Critics of Trump say this is proof that he is a racist. But for supporters of Trump, they say he just meant that some of the immigrants crossing the U.S. border are committing acts of rape. He didn’t mean that all of them were rapists.

“Not all Hispanics hate Trump,” Lopez said. He also said that the more he presents himself as a Donald Trump supporter, the more other students will feel compelled to support him too.

“I have about 25 chapter requests in my in-box right now that I have not been able to get to. The support is out there, and we’re trying to get them mobilized and speaking up.”

Source: latimes.com
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