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NYU Students Say They're Afraid of Openly Supporting Trump


(Photo: Michael Vadon, Creative Commons)

(Photo: Michael Vadon, Creative Commons)

Some students at Ny University fear for his or her safety while on campus, saying they have to keep their support of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump a secret.

“Supporters generally try to keep it hidden from the rest of the student body,” junior Dylan Perera told the Post. “They’re afraid of losing friends, being ridiculed at school, getting worse grades and are even scared of being assaulted and physically hurt.”

Perera said all students do not want to announce their support of Trump due to the large amount of debt they carry, given that they fear that when they?need letters of recommendation and internships, professors will?not be willing to enable them to.

The computer science major continued to say he had been verbally attacked with a student who asked him about his political affiliations, saying the lady had “freaked out” and yelled in his face, calling him a racist and a fascist. He added it\’s extremely difficult to carry on a conversation together with her.

In a separate instance, students became so worried about the possibility of his classmates discovering he was a Trump supporter he reserved a personal room on campus “for security reasons” in order to speak to reporter Melkorka Licea for The New York Post. Discussing his “radical social-justice warrior\” roommates with reporters, he said that \”their hatred towards me started escalating as we had a few political discussions.”

The student said that he had been outed with a professor who used Trump for example in class regardless of the student having asked the professor to avoid so within an email beforehand. While explaining platitudes in class, the professor noted how Trump saying “I’m great” is really a platitude, and then, looking right at the student, apologized for poking fun.

He noted that students fear so much being both attacked and shunned, that they said are “equally degrading.”

Another junior, who asked to remain anonymous, said she typically doesn\’t engage in public debates which could reveal her pro-Trump beliefs. However, she did say that she recently became brave enough to “like” a post on Facebook tbat defended Trump.

Many others have not taken such chances.

\”I\’ve been too wise to paint a target on my small head and take that sort of heat,\” said one anonymous student. ?\”It\’s just not worth it.\”

Trump supporters on campus routinely lie regarding their political beliefs while in class?and online conversations concerning such topics as private as you possibly can in an effort to keep the information a secret in the majority of the student body.

The informal Trump group on campus currently has close to 30 members out of the 57,000-person student body. However, the entire number of Trump fans on campus is unknown since?nobody has been bold?enough to produce an official club, reports Greg Richter for Newsmax.

One student said Facebook discussions concerning Trump may become hostile, with?students using words such as “bigot” and “racist” when discussing Trump, and referring to those who support him as “delusional.” Consequently, Trump supporters have started to discuss their views in secret, either through social networking?or one-on-one meetups.

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