A group of 30 black students were kicked out of a Donald Trump rally in Valdosta, Georgia. The Valdosta State University students claim they were merely standing silently on top of the bleachers as part of a “low-key” protest against the GOP front-runner.
The 30 black students maintain they did nothing disruptive at the Trump rally and should not have been forced to leave the Valdosta venue.
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) March 1, 2016
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” Valdosta State University student, Tahjila Davis, said during an interview with USA Today. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property’ it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
After the 30 black students were escorted out of the Trump rally, a campaign representative said no one involved with the candidate asked for their removal. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress later told reporters that members of Donald Trump’s security detail asked officers to kick out the students.
During a different Trump rally in Virginia earlier in the day, a contingent of Black Lives Matter protesters were also kicked out of the event, Yahoo News reports. One protester clashed with a Secret Service officers and was slammed to the ground, a photo snapped by a Time magazine journalist suggests.
A Black Lives Matter protester was also recently removed from a Hillary Clinton campaign event. Although the video of the exchange between the black woman and the Democrat candidate went viral, the encounter garnered almost no attention by the media. Clinton has been endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus and multiple black mayors of major cities. She still struggles to get support among women while Democrat Socialist Bernie Sanders is working to increase his support in the black community.
Allegations that Donald Trump is a racist gained steam after the outsider candidate sat down for an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN. The controversy emerged after Trump did not immediately disavow an endorsement by former KKK leader David Duke. Trump blamed a faulty earpiece for not completely understanding what Tapper was saying.
The racism claims came on the eve of Super Tuesday and do not appear to have translated to a loss of support for the possible Republican nominee. Trump won seven of the 11 states where voting took place yesterday and placed high in the four states he did not carry.
— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) March 1, 2016
Donald Trump staunchly maintains he will carry 25 percent of the black vote. A poll taken last fall revealed the percentage cited, but a more recent poll reportedly states that the GOP front-runner will most likely carry between four and 12 percent of the black vote. Extremely high voter turnout, record numbers in some states, indicates that Trump has brought back voters who have skipped election day in the past or enticed first-time voters to the polls for him.
In both 2008 and 2012, Republican candidates running for president garnered about 4 to 6 percent of the black vote. In 2004, former President George W. Bush earned 11 percent of the black vote.
Donald Trump has stated many times that he will score high with both black and Hispanic voters. Trump said that minority populations want what all Americans want: jobs and safe places to live for their families.
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