Donald Trump’s campus supporters say they’re part of a “new counterculture.”
Students at the University of Delaware, which Vice President Joe Biden graduated from and where some professors canceled classes after Trump won the election, mangled history to proclaim themselves the heirs to the Vietnam War protest movement, reported Buzzfeed.
“It’s the equivalent of being a hippie protesting at Kent State,” said Jared, who the website noted was wearing a suit and tie to a recent meeting of the College Republicans.
The Ohio National Guard shot and killed four unarmed students May 4, 1970, during an anti-war protest at Kent State University.
“Or being ‘grunge’ in the ’90s,” offered another student, also apparently unaware of the slain students.
Many of the students who spoke to Buzzfeed explained they had backed Trump because they opposed so-called “politically correct” culture, which the Republican candidate promised to smash.
A Duke University student complained that he had been chastised by a high school teacher for referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegal,” and another time he was prevented from attending an Asian-American student alliance because he is white.
“People were so into political correctness that people’s voices were censored and nothing was heard,” said the student, who said he was afraid to give his name and then canceled a second interview over fears for his physical safety.
The students complained about their campus peers who tried to enforce “safe spaces” to protect from “trigger warnings.”
“(If you speak out against ‘safe spaces’) you’ll immediately be slammed as a hypocrite or an oppressor,” said Daniel, a senior at New York University.
He said progressive students had excluded Trump supporters, which apparently hurt his feelings.
“At NYU, everyone feels like we need to be inclusive, but when you enforce that, you’re creating a different sort of minority group,” he said.
Jared, the Delaware conservative, said he was tired of facing negative consequences for his statements and beliefs.
“They feel threatened by the fact that you cannot depart from this dogma that the majority on the campus holds without being told you are racist, being told you are sexist, having people report you for having an opinion because it, you know, threatens somebody’s identity,” Jared said.