Donald Trump, current favorite to win the Republican nomination for president, is once again being accused of racism and bigotry after 30 black students were ejected from his campaign rally in Valdosta, Georgia on Monday.
At The Root, Steven A. Crockett reported, “Secret Service agents, per Trump’s request, escorted about 30 black students out of a Trump rally at Valdosta State University in Georgia because, apparently, their presence at his event made him uncomfortable. Didn’t matter that they were students at the school where he was speaking or that if elected president, he would also be their president, too. Or, that until 1963, the university was a whites-only campus.”
“I think we got kicked out because we’re a group of black people,” said a tearful student in an interview with USA Today. “I guess…they’re afraid we’re going to say something or do something, but we just really wanted to watch the rally.”
Onlookers tweeted video footage of the incident:
“They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here,” a student told the newspaper.
The real estate mogul’s campaign made further headlines on Monday for a Secret Service member’s violent tackling of a TIME photographer at a separate rally in Virginia.
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