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It’s a rough time to be a college republican. Just look at the dilemma faced by the College Republicans of George Washington University. The group struggled to decide if they should hang their “Trump 2016” signs at the student club fair. If they didn’t, they risked being called traitors and “cucks” by legions of self-professed “alt-right provocateurs.” If they did, they sacrificed their traditional republican values and risked being harassed so severely by far-left students that no one would want to approach the table and sign up. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation — one that’s become the norm for college republican groups on campuses across the nation.
For the College Republicans of GWU, “the best party on campus” is trapped between a rock and a hard place, which has created a sort of identity crisis for its members.
From The New York Times:
To grab the attention of freshmen at the student club fair this month, the College Republicans of George Washington University unfurled a red banner and set out beer cozies and lime green beer-pong cups sent by the College Republican National Committee, which bills itself as “the best party on campus.”
Then came the issue of decorating.
“We should put the Trump posters out,” said Demri Scott, the group’s 20-year-old membership director.
Christian Miller, the club’s political affairs director, disagreed.
“That’s the best way to, A, get us heckled a lot and, B, get no one to sign up,” he said.
The Trump posters stayed in the box.
The situation at GWU is hardly unique. Wearing an elephant on your t-shirt is a scarlet letter at many universities. Pretty ironic that the people who started the whole “safe spaces” movement have created an environment where people feel so unsafe, they can’t even hang a fucking sign..
[via The New York Times]
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