TAMPA, Fla. – College students have mixed reactions to Donald Trump.
On Friday, about 300 students from the University of South Florida protested The Donald’s rally at Tampa’s Sun Dome carrying signs reading “Defeat White Supremacy” and “Dump Trump” while chanting catchy tunes like “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump, go away!” Liberation News reports.
Inside, an estimated 15,000 Trump supporters – “a crowd as wild and enthusiastic as any rock concert” – packed the building to the rafters to greet the Republican presidential frontrunner, who didn’t disappoint his fans, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
“So the president of Mexico, who is he? Oh, who cares,” Trump said. “The wall just got 10 feet higher and who’s going to pay for it – Mexico.”
“With every reference to immigration, the crowd chanted ‘Build the wall, build the wall,’” the Journal reports.
Trump also spoke about the development of Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Miami.
“It’s the best resort in the world staffed by many Hispanics,” he said. “I love the Hispanics.”
Outside of Sun Dome, USF minority students told Liberation News they felt threatened by Trump’s appearance at the university owned stadium, which his campaign rented for the rally.
“For people like me who wear a hijab and walk around on campus, having Trump here with all the baggage that he brings, what he stands for, and those people who follow what he stands for, is dangerous,” Muslim student Rahma Elmohd told the site.
“So this boycott is my way of saying I don’t appreciate the fact that admins brought this individual, Trump, onto our campus,” she continued. “They should definitely think about our safety before they think about any kind of profit.”
“Trump represents racism and sexism,” USF student Alejandra Ortiz said. “He’s just spreading hate. I was always part of the minority, being Latina, so hearing Donald Trump talking against Latinos, against blacks, against Muslims, I feel really targeted.
“I feel like we’re kinda reverting back to segregation times,” she said. “That’s not the country I want to grow up in.”
Students at Washington and Lee University, meanwhile, have a different take on Donald Trump: he will be the Republican presidential candidate for president.
At a mock political convention Saturday, Washington and Lee students predicted Trump will win the Republican nomination, a forecast that’s not often wrong, according to The Roanoke Times.
“The university’s mock convention has a storied history of predicting the presidential nominee for the political party not occupying the White House,” the Times reports. “Since the first mock convention in 1908, W&L students have correctly identified the ultimate nominee 19 times out of 25 and have erred only twice since 1952.”
At the W&L convention – which featured speakers like Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Republican Newt Gingrich, former Vice President Dick Cheney, political pundit Ann Coulter, and former White House advisor Ed Gillespie – students predicted Trump will receive 1,320 delegates, more than twice the number his closest competitor, Ted Cruz.
Cruz is predicted to take 652 delegates, followed by Marco Rubio with 399, Jeb Bush at 72, John Kasich with 19, Ben Carson with five, and Rand Paul with three, according to the Times.
Trump called into the convention to tell students he will do what he can to make their prediction a reality.
“I know your track record is extraordinary, better than anybody’s record,” Trump said, according to the Times. “I just wanted to thank you very much for this election.”