Around 30 black Valdosta State University students were allegedly denied access to the Donald Trump rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Monday, but a spokesperson for Trump says it’s simply not true.
USA Today reports that a teary-eyed 19-year-old Tahjila Davis, a mass media major at Valdosta State, said that for no reason at all, she was banned from attending the Trump rally that took place on the school’s campus. Davis also stated that a group of her peers, all black students, were also denied access.
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“We didn’t plan to do anything. They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here….We got kicked out because we’re a group of black people, and like, I guess, people and what’s going on in America, they’re afraid we’re gonna say something or do something, but we just really wanted to watch the rally….”
Hope Hicks, a campaign spokesperson for the Trump campaign, replied in an email on Monday, writing that the incident isn’t true. She didn’t give details or go into any specifics about the incident.
“There is no truth to this whatsoever.”
Yet, the students said that they were standing close to the bleachers in the school’s PE complex, waiting for the rally to begin, when they were approached by members of the U.S. Secret Service, who escorted them out. After leaving the rally, which drew in thousands of people, the students stayed outside, questioning why they were asked to leave, when Valdosta police officers told them to leave the area entirely.
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A video taken by someone in the crowd of people waiting for Trump shows numerous students, all dressed in black, holding their hands up and chanting, although it’s still unclear what they were chanting about.
Last month, Inquisitr reported that a group of “Black Lives Matter” protestors were removed from a Trump rally in Radford, Virginia, after they interrupted the Republican presidential candidate and began booing him when he began his speech, and chanting,
“No more hate! No more hate! Let’s be equal, let’s be great!”
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A video taken at the event shows Trump stalling after the booing began before saying “Get them out of here, please. Trouble, nothing but trouble.” The protesters were promptly removed by the U.S. Secret Service.
Meanwhile, Davis, clearly upset that she was asked to leave the rally, couldn’t comprehend what she perceived as blatant racism at her own school, something she said she’d never seen before at Valdosta State.
“I don’t understand why they would do something like that. I have not experienced any racism on this campus until now.”
Clinesha Sims, 18, a black student studying biology at Valdosta State, said that she wasn’t among the students who were escorted from the rally. She stayed seated during the rally, and said that:
“Sometimes silence says more than words.”
Trump is scheduled for three different rallies on March 1, starting in Columbus, Ohio, at noon, at the Signature Flight Hangar. The candidate’s next stop is at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky, at 4:00 p.m., followed by his final stop at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, at 9:00 p.m. On March 4, Trump is scheduled for a rally at The Wexford Center in Cadillac, Michigan, at noon.
Doors generally open several hours beforehand for each event. For tickets, visit the official Donald Trump schedule page. Keep in mind that the events fill up quickly. It’s recommended to arrive as early as possible.
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