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University of Florida Students Already Protesting Incoming UF President Ben Sasse

University of Florida Students Already Protesting Incoming UF President Ben Sasse

“Senator Sasse is an outspoken anti-gun control, anti-choice, anti-academic freedom, and anti-LGBTQ+ politician”

Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is leaving the Senate to become the president of the University of Florida. Within 24 hours of this news breaking, left wing students at the school began protesting.

The College Fix reports:

Left-wing U. Florida students petition, protest to cancel GOP Sen. Sasse as incoming president

Within 24 hours of the news that Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is slated to resign and likely take the helm of the University of Florida, several left-leaning student groups quickly denounced the development and demanded it be reversed.

A campus protest is scheduled for Monday, the same day Sasse is scheduled to be on campus to talk to faculty, staff and students as part of the hiring process.

The Young Democratic Socialists chapter at UF posted on Instagram about the protest, stating: “FUCH THE REPLACEMENT! Join us in protesting against the announcement of Dr. Ben Sasse as the sole finalist as UF’s next president.”

Currently, Kent Fuchs is the president of the University of Florida, which enrolls about 35,000 students.

Although Sasse, who represents Nebraska, was one of the handful of Republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial, the UF College Democrats also published a statement Friday that denounced the choice.

“Senator Sasse is an outspoken anti-gun control, anti-choice, anti-academic freedom, and anti-LGBTQ+ politician,” the group stated on Instagram. “This selection does not reflect the diversity of our Gainesville and University of Florida community and blatantly harms the communities UF claims to value.”

The College Democrats also claim Sasse will serve “as a puppet” for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and encouraged its members to join the protest.

“Political influence that dismantles academic freedom and actively attacks our student body has no place in our educational institutions. The University of Florida College Democrats strongly condemns the recommendation of Ben Sasse and will not stand for his approval,” the group stated.

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Comments

Sounds refreshing for academia!!

Instead of instantly (knee jerk?) condemning him, why not wait and see what he does?

Weak babies. They deserve no respect until they can act like adults.

The Gentle Grizzly | October 8, 2022 at 6:36 pm

The protesters can always transfer.

Suburban Farm Guy | October 8, 2022 at 10:44 pm

But the guy really hates Trump! I mean, really really hates him! Hates him bad!!! Shouldn’t that be enough? How can he not be their bestest friend ever?

Sasse thought he was scoring points with liberals. I guess some people find vindication in being despised by everyone

    No, Sasse has never thought he was scoring points with liberals, or Democrats. He is a principled conservative and always does what his conscience tells him. Sometimes his conscience is mistaken; that happens to everyone.

“FUCH THE REPLACEMENT!”

Adolescent insult to the current UF president’s name. I have met Kent Fuchs both at Cornell and UF. He is a fine person, and has made UF a first-rate contender in Engineering. Given the current state of higher education, he is wise to be resigning and returning to teaching.

This reaction is why children shouldn’t be allowed to consent to permanent changes to their bodies until they are 25 years old.

From NPR (no less): Brain Maturity Extends Well Beyond Teen Years
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708