We Are For Trump Students Build A Wall On Old Main Lawn

While some students opt to hang a “Make America Great Again” sign in their apartment windows, Penn State’s Students for Trump realize there might be a more effective way to support Donald Trump’s platform for national security — replicate Trump’s wall instead.

Penn State’s student group of Trump supporters, The Bull-Moose Party (aka We Are For Trump), took to Old Main Lawn this morning where they built a physical wall around the flag pole hoisting the American flag.

“We’re just trying to sit here peacefully,” one student member said. “We’re not trying to do anything, we haven’t been abrasive to anyone. This is our free speech.”

Students for Trump decided to build the wall because they believe simply using signs just wasn’t cutting it. The idea was to show rather than to just tell.

“Our biggest thing that we wanted to do was promote the largest topic of this election that we find important, which is national security,” Chairman Robert Morss said. “What better way to promote that we want to protect this country than building a wall around the American flag?”

The wall has definitely been getting its fair share of attention. Countless students approached the structure to check it out or ask questions, and Students for Trump were ready to answer them.

“This is a friendly demonstration,” Morss said. “What I want to do in this club is promote sense of quiet professionalism and fight the stigma that Trump supporters are a bunch of rowdy cavemen.”

Students for Trump believe the majority of people are Trump supporters who are just afraid to speak out. The group hopes building the wall will be the statement needed to help motivate that “silent majority” to speak out.

“We just want to show the whole campus that there are Trump supporters, lots of us out here, and that it’s okay to be open and proud about it as well,” Vice Chairman Chris Howe said.

Though not causing a disturbance, university personnel approached the group asking them to relocate because, according to university policy AD51, students using outdoor areas for expressive activities are not allowed to physically erect a structure, such as a wall. Here’s the excerpt from that policy:

Placing or erecting structures of any size or material is prohibited. These structures will be removed and the sponsoring organization, department, individual will be responsible for any and all charges.

Despite this, Students for Trump didn’t immediately take down the structure by time of publishing. The group continues its presentation with signs, music, and flags all from within its wall.

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Claire Fountas

Claire Fountas is the student life editor for Onward State, as well as a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and psychology. She lives in a suburb of Chicago and strongly disagrees with anyone who hates the Cubs or the Blackhawks (so, pretty much anyone at Penn State). You can follow her @ClaireFountas or email her at [email protected]

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