SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As anti-Donald Trump sentiment grows in parts of the liberal leaning Bay Area, some younger Trump supporters at San Francisco State University say they are getting a particularly nasty reception from fellow students.
Historically, university campuses have been a bastion for free speech and political discourse. But this year’s election cycle is challenging that idea at campuses across the country.READ MORE: UPDATE: Evacuations Expand As Fawn Fire Near Shasta Lake Grows To 1,200 Acres; Suspected Arsonist Arrested
Last week on the SF State campus, members of the Republican Student Union (RSU) faced an angry onslaught of fellow students playing an explicit anti-Trump rap song in response to the group’s endorsement of Trump for president.
It was the third time protesters had confronted the student group.
“They kept saying ‘Leave! Leave! Leave!’ Which eventually we had to because they were sitting on our table, leaning on our table surrounding it,” said Republican Student Union President John Ayoub. “And it was pretty intimidating.”READ MORE: Healdsburg Man Pleads No Contest To 2016 Drowning Of Daughter In Church Baptismal Pool
The RSU is a legitimate, sanctioned San Francisco State University club. They’re permitted to have a table on the quad, but some students felt otherwise and sought to have them kicked off campus. Their efforts were unsuccessful.
On Tuesday, the Republican Student Union representatives were back, albeit in a much more low-key manner, fielding opposing opinions peacefully.
“To find out this group of conservatives on campus is kind of scary,” said student Melanie Fierro, who is not a Trump supporter. “And to think that some might be supporting them on this campus is even scarier.”
But scary or not, it is the constitutional right of Trump supporters to be there and express their opinions. Most students recognize that fact, even if they don’t like it.MORE NEWS: California At 'Tip Of The Spear;' Newsom Signs $15B Package To Fight Climate Change
“In a city like San Francisco I thought everyone would be tolerant,” said Ayoub. “But there are some students — a few, luckily not many — who are only tolerant to the speech they want to hear.”