“you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy”
College Republicans walked into the campus coffee shop at Fordham University and were told that their MAGA hats violated the safety policy before they were told to leave.
Kassy Dillon of Campus Reform broke the story:
Campus coffee shop evicts College Republicans from ‘safe space’
Members of the Fordham University College Republicans were asked to leave an on-campus coffee shop because their MAGA hats apparently violated the shop’s “safe space policy.”
In a video obtained by Campus Reform, the self-identified president of Rodrigue’s Coffee House, a coffee shop run by a student club, is seen telling the College Republicans they have five minutes to get out of the coffee shop.
“I am protecting my customers,” the president said.
“We are your customers, we bought something,” a CR member replied.
“I don’t want people like you supporting this club… no one here wants people like you supporting our club,” the president retorted. “I am giving you five minutes.”
A student then asked for a refund, to which the president responded, “[y]ou had some coffee… do not try to outsmart me.”
“You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard—you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,” she said. “You have to take it off or you have to go.”
One of the students then asked the president to explain what she thinks the MAGA hat stands for, to which she replied, shouting: “Fascism, Nazis! You have three minutes.”
Here’s a video of the incident:
One of the students appeared on FOX News to describe what happened:
On “The Story,” one of the College Republicans who was ordered to leave the cafe, Aaron Spring, spoke out about the incident.
“Part of what she was talking about was that we violated the safe space and that we represented Nazism and fascism, and all this just made-up liberal propaganda, really,” Spring said.
Martha MacCallum asked if they went to the coffee shop with the intention of provoking a confrontation.
“No, of course not,” Spring said. “We were just a couple friends going to get coffee, having a talk.”
He noted that the shop has a sign that says “all are welcome,” but he said that apparently does not apply to people who have different thoughts and opinions.
Watch the video segment below:
According to John Sowden of The Hill, Fordham is investigating the incident:
University investigates Trump supporters being kicked out of campus coffee shop
Fordham University is investigating an incident on campus after a video appeared to show several members of the campus College Republicans group being kicked out of an on-campus coffee shop for wearing President Trump’s famous red “Make America Great Again” hats…
Fordham University issued a statement on Saturday to The Hill, saying that the university has no campus-wide safe space policy and that the video amounted to a “dispute between students.” The school also indicated that it is investigating the incident.
“There is no University safe space policy, nor one that excludes any members of the Fordham community from any public spaces on the basis of their political views. Fordham is a community that values diverse opinions, and in which students should disagree with one another in a civil fashion,” Fordham assistant vice president Bob Howe wrote in an email.
It’s fun to imagine what would have happened in 2009 if members of the College Democrats were thrown out of a campus coffee shop for wearing Obama “hope” hats.
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