Just before the presidential debate Monday evening, a female member of the Minnesota College Republicans was verbally assaulted by a fellow student who was furious when he saw her wearing a Trump hat.
The young woman, who doesn’t wish to be identified due to safety concerns, was just walking into the cafeteria on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus when a male student began shouting slurs at her and menacingly waving his coat in an effort to scare her, Campus Reform reported. The male student even had to be restrained by someone else at one point, when he attempted to charge at the Trump supporter.
The victim is now afraid on campus, and has asked campus security to escort her around college.
Minnesota College Republican chair Amanda Peterson told Campus Reform, “She was walking around bothering no one by wearing a Trump hat, she didn’t deserve this and there’s no way that this should’ve happened. I wish this was a surprise to me, but it’s not, it’s no secret that college students with conservative leaning viewpoints aren’t strangers to this type of thing on campus. No one deserves to feel unsafe for wearing a Trump hat, so it’s sad that it has to come to this.”
The Minnesota College Republicans have filed an assault report with the college on behalf of the student. Under state law, “anyone who commits an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death” or “intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm upon another” has committed misdemeanor assault in the fifth degree. This reportedly applies even if the assault is not physical.
College officials say they are investigating the matter, and released a statement saying they respect the rights of students “to engage in the political process and encourages all students—regardless of political affiliation—to contribute to civil dialogue in a thoughtful and respectful manner.”
The Minnesota College Republicans said, “College campuses are meant to be places of freedom of speech and diverse opinions without fearing for one’s physical safety.”
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