Local ‘progressives’ plan to protest Trump commencement at LU

Local ‘progressives’ plan to protest Trump commencement at LU
Image via Facebook: Nick Castanes

Students are eagerly anticipating President Trump’s upcoming commencement speech at Liberty University, so local residents are stepping in to supply the vitriol.

According to the The News & Advance, members of the Seven Hills Progressive Society are planning to hold a “Trump’s Non-Welcoming Committee” demonstration just outside one of the main entrances to the university Saturday morning for four hours leading up to the start of the commencement ceremony.

“Honestly, we have deep ideological differences with Donald Trump and with Liberty University to be honest,” said Nick Castanes, the chairman of Seven Hills. “We want to make sure there is a voice of dissent to at least send a message through the media.”

“We stand in opposition to Donald Trump’s oppressive policies and divisive rhetoric,” a flyer advertising the protest proclaims.

“We condemn Liberty University’s support of his administration,” it continues, ending on a note of grandiosity with a call to “Join us in showing President Trump and the rest of the world that not all of Lynchburg stands for hate.”

“This protest is a non-violent act of civil disobedience directed toward the Trump administration, and his presence in Lynchburg, Virginia,” states a Facebook page for the protest.

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