Earlier today, a Secret Service agent assigned to Donald Trump chokeslammed a photojournalist for TIME at his Radford, Va., rally.
Later in the day, at another rally in Valdosta, Ga., the presidential candidate reportedly ordered his Secret Service detail to remove a group of black Valdosta State University students from the gymnasium bleachers overlooking where he was speaking. Presumably, according to at least one student involved, their skin color warranted Trump asking for their removal.
The Des Moines Register reports;
About 30 black students who were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at Donald Trump’s rally here Monday night were escorted out by Secret Service agents who said the presidential candidate had requested their removal before he began speaking.
The sight of the students, who were visibly upset, being led outside by law enforcement officials created a stir at a university that was a whites-only campus until 1963.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” said a tearful Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, who was among the Valdosta State University students who was removed. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
Davis is one of the students beside herself in the video below, claiming she wanted nothing more than to witness the rally at the university where she pays tuition.
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Of course, Trump’s campaign spokesman Hope Hicks denounced the students’ claims, because racism isn’t just something people up and admit to. Especially when they’re running for POTUS. Probably not a good look.
The students who were asked to leave quietly followed Secret Service agents outside, but then argued with Valdosta police officers who politely, but firmly, told them they needed to leave the grounds of the Trump event, held at the school’s PE complex.
Davis rested her forehead on the shoulder of her friend Leah Sheppard, a 20-year-old criminal justice major, and cried.
“I don’t understand why they would do something like that,” Davis said. “I have not experienced any racism on this campus until now.”
Yeah, the guy who showed no gripe when the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke endorsed him over the weekend didn’t simply decide he just didn’t want black students at his rally. Asshole.
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[h/t The Hill]