VIDEO: ‘USA’ chant triggers anti-Trump protester at PSU

Anthony Gockowski
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  • Trump supporters were asked if they'd ever tried to gain citizenship in another country and whether they recognized an excerpt from a Robert Frost poem.
  • A Students for Trump event at Portland State University was greeted with hostility Saturday when campus police officers tried to kick Trump’s supporters to the curb while protesters reacted hysterically to chants of “USA! USA!”

    Students for Trump began the event by erecting a wall on campus but campus security attempted to force the students to leave on the grounds that the wall was a “structure” rather than a “sign,” and thus violated university policies. However, the students were ultimately allowed to remain on campus but were harshly ridiculed by their peers, who called them “pathetic,” “idiot,” and members of the “party of ignorance.”

    “Really? That’s what you think America is? Just shouting USA? You think shouting USA is the only thing that patriotism means?”   

    Eventually, two Trump protesters confronted the group to discuss Trump’s policies on immigration, specifically his plan to build a wall along America’s southern border, according to video obtained by Progressives Today.

    [RELATED: PSU students stage ‘die-in’ to demand disarming of police]

    “Have you ever tried to gain citizenship in another country” one protester asked the group of Trump supporters.

    “No, because I love my country. I love where I live,” one student replied.

    “I have, legally, in Germany. It was unsuccessful. So I came home,” another added.

    Meanwhile, several Trump supporters began a chant of “USA,” which set off one protester who completely lost his cool.

    [RELATED: Portland State course aims to ‘make whiteness strange’]

    “Wait a minute! Wait a minute!” he shouted. “Really? That’s what you think America is? Just shouting USA? You think shouting USA is the only thing that patriotism means?”

    “Wow, you are pathetic,” another protester added.

    “Chanting USA is now triggering?” one Trump supporter remarked in disbelief.

    [RELATED: PSU protesters shut down trustees meeting, demand members pay for tuition]

    Finally, one female protester held up a piece of paper containing verses from an obscure Robert Frost poem and asked the crowd if they knew what it was she was holding.

    “Robert Frost said good walls make better neighbors,” one student replied, citing Frost’s “ Mending Wall,” in which he states that “good fences make good neighbors.”

    “I can’t believe what you are doing. You’re making PSU unsafe,” she responded.

    [RELATED: PSU protesters disrupt students for Trump meeting]

    The altercation ended when the female protester frustratingly exclaimed “I’m done” and walked away with her middle finger in the air.

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He has previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, and The Catholic Spirit.

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