Black Students Booted From Trump Rally?
A group of Black Valdosta State University students were removed from a Donald Trump rally on Monday, USA Today reports.
The group of more than 30 students was escorted from the rally right before the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful spoke in the heart of Dixie alongside Nascar executives and drivers.
The students say they were not protesters. They simply wanted to hear Trump speak on their school’s campus.
They had no signs, expressed no cheers or jeers or presented a physical threat.
According to student accounts, they were removed at the “request of the candidate.” They were told that since Trump paid to rent the facility, they had no particular right to be there.
“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.”
Watch the students share what happened below.
A spokeswoman from the Trump campaign rejected the accusations.
“There is no truth to this whatsoever,” Hicks said, adding that “the campaign had no knowledge of this incident.”
The Secret Service also released a statement on the incident.
Robert Hobak, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said agents were reportedly in the area during the incident. He said that they would have simply been “monitoring” the situation and that escorting protesters out of rallies is “not our function.”
It’s up to the host committee, campaign staff and local law enforcement to handle, he said.
“This happens sometimes that people will confuse us with other law enforcement,” Hobak said Tuesday morning.