Lansing mayor calls Trump 'despicable,' 'pathetic' in MSU class

  • Virg Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, Michigan, recently told a class of political science students that Donald Trump is "a pathetic excuse" for a president, calling him the "divider in chief."
  • Students say Bernero refused to let them record his discussion, during which he took a knee in front of the class to express solidarity with national anthem protesters.

The mayor of Lansing, Michigan recently subjected a political science class at Michigan State University to a lengthy tirade against Donald Trump.

Mayor Virg Bernero, a Democrat who has served in the position since 2006 but is not seeking re-election, came to the classroom with no presentation in mind, instead offering a freewheeling indictment of the Trump administration during which he called Trump the “Divider in Chief.”

"If he was doing everything within the confines of his job, then why couldn’t he explain that to us?"   

Within the first 15 minutes of the October 10 presentation, Bernero took a knee in front of the classroom and told students that we are punishing kids by taking away their rights when we don’t allow them to take a knee during the national anthem.

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Bernero then blamed the controversy on Trump, calling him “despicable” and saying “he is a pathetic excuse” for a president

One student in the class challenged Bernero on actions he had taken as mayor, particularly in regards to the construction of a city park.

“He basically gave a really convoluted answer about how, like, he couldn’t say where he got the money from because he was afraid people would record him,” the student, who wishes not to be identified, told Campus Reform.

“If he was doing everything within the confines of his job, then why couldn’t he explain that to us?” the student added after noting that Bernero refused to allow students to record him.

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Bernero concluded his discussion by expressing disbelief over Americans who stand for the national anthem, calling it a “battle hymn” that promotes violence.  

Campus Reform reached out to both Bernero’s office and course instructor Sarah Reckhow for comment, but did not receive a response from either.

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