Pro-Trump Wall at Univ. Attracts Anti-Trump Protesters (video & photos)

About a hundred protest pro-Trump supporters who are holding up a brick wall in Red Square on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the University of Washington.    (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Two days after Donald Trump held a rally in Washington, a group of about 10 students at the University of Washington decided to hold their own Trump rally on campus, complete with a “Trump Wall” to show their support for Trump.

They erected the 8-foot-tall plywood wall about 1:00 pm Monday.  Painted with red bricks, it looked very realistic, and had the words “Trump Wall” written across it.

No rally is complete without protesters, and the students had plenty.  They were outnumbered, in fact, as the crowd quickly grew to about 100 students who brought their own anti-Trump signs and banners.

A man came along with a life-size cut-out of Bernie Sanders and propped him up to join in the chaos.

See video and photos below!

WARNING:  Video has bad language.

 

Erecting the Trump Wall.

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About a hundred protest pro-Trump supporters who are holding up a brick wall in Red Square on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the University of Washington. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

About a hundred protest pro-Trump supporters who are holding up a brick wall in Red Square on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the University of Washington. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

 

One student, Crystal Pino, who said she is Mexican, suddenly decided she would climb over the wall, after a pro-Trump student told her she couldn’t.   She made it over, with help from a few friends.  

Crystal Pino, Mexican student, climbs over the wall.

Crystal Pino, Mexican student, climbs over the wall.

 

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That incident prompted the campus police to ask the organizers to take down the wall, and the demonstration ended.   A few heated arguments took place.

One of the Trump supporters says he knows several students on campus who do support Trump, but are afraid to make it known publicly.   He said to be a Trump supporter “has social consequences on this campus.”

Another student got into a loud argument, saying Trump has it wrong – “immigrants have contributed billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.” 

 

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University President Ana Mari Cauce wrote on facebook that she supported students’ right to express themselves, but said the wall was “offensive.”   She said it is “contrary to the values of an inclusive, global campus.”

She wrote that “as someone who arrived in this country as a refugee and someone who believes you cannot have excellence without diversity, I stand in solidarity with the hurt and pain of refugees, exiles, or immigrants, especially those who are undocumented, who see this framing of the rally as demeaning and devaluing their worth to society and to this campus.”

Seattle Times reported that Cauce was born in Cuba. Her father, Vicente, was the Cuban minister of education; the family fled the country in 1959, after Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista government.

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