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Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to Speak at University of Florida

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to Speak at University of Florida

“While some students can’t wait to see them speak, others are preparing to protest.”

This will naturally inspire all kinds of protest nonsense because that’s the world we live in now. Anyone connected to Trump must be protested by the left.

Newsweek reports:

Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle Visit Sparks Divide in University of Florida Students

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle—a senior advisor on the presidential campaign—are headed to the University of Florida. While some students can’t wait to see them speak, others are preparing to protest.

On Tuesday, ACCENT Speakers Bureau, an agency of UF’s student government, announced that Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle would be the first speakers of the semester. The appearance came with a $50,000 price tag on it, which, for UF College Democrat President Matt Barocas, was the least surprising element of the announcement.

Barocas told Newsweek that it seemed on par with the average speaker fee, so, while it may have shocked other people, he didn’t consider it a high number. However, he was surprised that any money was being spent on someone “this controversial” when there are problems funding student organizations.

“I was skeptical why they’d bring someone who doesn’t hold elected office and isn’t in an appointed position, but just kind of works on a campaign,” he said. “It seems like [that money] would be better spent on student organizations right now.”

Speakers have caused turmoil on campuses nationwide, including at UF. In August, the school settled a lawsuit with Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth organization, which accused it of discriminating against conservative student organizations when allocating funds for speakers.

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle’s appearance will be restricted to students only and valid student identification will be required to obtain a ticket. Daniel Weldon, chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans and a student at UF, expects a large gathering of students to attend, which he credited, in part, to the excitement around the Trump family.

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I’ve always opposed spending big bucks to bring in speakers to colleges and universities. If they want $50K to come, then they have too inflated an ego to be worth listening to.

We usually stuck with the people who were really interested in education and research. Up-and-coming scientists, Nobel Prize winners, and occasionally real politicians (not just family members) would usually come for expenses plus an honorarium of $1,000-$3,000. If they want more than that, they are profiteering off their notoriety (eg the Clintons).

I’m glad to see UF inviting in some non-left-wing speakers, but 50 grand for the president’s son is way out of line. They could have had a much better conservative speaker for much less.

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