Not all are welcome at rallies for Donald Trump.
On Monday, the Republican presidential frontrunner held a rally at Valdosta State University in Georgia, but before the candidate began his speech, he instructed Secret Service agents to remove 30 Black students who stood silently at the top of the bleachers.
According to USA Today, the sight of students being forcibly removed from the rally had a strong impact on the atmosphere of the campus. Those who were being forced to leave “were visibly upset, [and] being led outside by law enforcement officials created a stir at a university that was a white-only campus until 1963.”
It's not clear exactly why the students were escorted out.
This is not the first time Trump has forcibly removed attendees from his rallies. Earlier on Monday, a different group of Black students had been removed from a rally at Radford University after chanting “No more hate! Let’s be equal, let’s be great!”
What was different about the removal at Valdosta State was that there was no chanting and no disruption from the group of Black students that were removed. A student, Tahjila Davis, told USA Today that, “We didn’t plan to do anything,” as she recounted what happened through tears. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
The students followed the Secret Service without loud demonstration, but later, Davis protested through tears. “I just don’t know why they would do something like that…I have not experienced any racism on this campus until now.”
While forcing a group of Black students to leave a rally, unprovoked, would most likely hurt other candidate’s rating, this event will most likely, unfortunately, continue to invigorate Trump supporters across the South and in other areas of the country.
Last week, President Obama weighed in on the shocking rise of Trump as a presidential candidate and asserted that he has "faith in the American people" to keep him far away from the White House.
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