Sunday, April 10, 2016

Two More Colleges Hit by Pro-Trump Chalk Messages (VIDEO)

At USA Today, "'Chalking' officially a problem as pro-Trump messages set off new storms":

If three is officially a trend, chalking is now a trendy — and highly controversial — way for Donald Trump fans to show their love.

This week, two schools — the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga — jumped into the chalking fray, joining the headlines made in March at Emory University with pro-Trump messages scrawled on campus grounds.

Following a now-familiar timeline, the chalked messages appeared and the storms followed. At UTC, it hit the student government.

Hailey Puckett, a member of a UTC student government coalition called Empower UTC who chalked “Trump 2016” on April 5, was asked to resign by fellow coalition members.

Empower’s stance did not go over well with some students, who responded along the lines of this tweet. [Here.]

The next day, EMPOWER UTC members Phillip Stubblefield and Mikayla Long posted apologies. Stubblefield noted that his words had been poorly chosen. “I fully support every individual’s First Amendment rights and the senator-elect has every right to support any candidate of her choosing,” he wrote.

Long apologized and noted that “Hailey was asked by EMPOWER to resign from SGA because she disregarded her responsibility as an elected senator to represent the students that elected her. Her statement, ‘Super proud of our art work, but I have a feeling half of UTCs campus is going to hate it’ does not show that she is currently prepared to represent students effectively. That is the sole reason we asked her to resign.”

That's Hailey Puckett at the clip, appearing on the "Kelly File."