Students campaigning for Donald Trump at the University of Pittsburgh were forced to do some cleaning up after an aggravated student decided to flip their table.
Matt Kerlin, Kirk Breiner and other students were handing out stickers, koozies, and literature in support of Trump last week when some people passing by were clearly not in favor of their political preferences.
The Pitt Maverick reported that some students passing by yelled things at them such as, “F*** the white male patriarchy!”
Breiner said “a student came up to us and made a claim about how Trump wants to get rid of ‘his people.’”
Things then escalated from comments to actual violence.
Another man reportedly harassed Kerlin and Breiner, declaring the table supported a “racist” candidate. The man then grabbed a stack of Trump door-hangers and nearly started a fight with them.
Later that day two students came over to the table, one swept all the Trump literature to the sidewalk and the other student flipped the table upside-down.
Sophomore Steven Evanovich recorded a video of the table flipping and contacted campus police, who are currently investigating the incident.
“It’s a shame that different opinions are met with such hostility at institutions of higher learning,” Evanovich told the Maverick. “Calling Trump’s rhetoric ‘hate speech’ actually reinforces and encourages the notion that violence against conservative or dissenting students is justified, and my own campus shouldn’t be a place where my friends or I are fearful for having opposing opinions.”
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