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As the government shutdown continues due the impasse in Congress over the funding for President Trump’s “big, beautiful wall,” Campus Reform thought it would be enlightening to visit a college campus and hear from students on the problem driving the whole wall idea: illegal immigration.

What Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips found was that students at American University recoiled at the rhetoric of Democratic leaders — if they thought it was Trump doing the talking, that is.

As Campus Reform highlights in a video and accompanying article posted Tuesday, until very recently, Democrats have sounded a whole lot more like Trump than #AbolishICE leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, here are a few quotes that the conservative group thought college students might be interested in hearing:

“Illegal Immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress.” -Senator Chuck Schumer, 2009

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked.” -Barack Obama, 2005

“I voted numerous times… to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” -Hillary Clinton, 2008

So would students agree with the unequivocal assertions by Democratic leaders about the importance of stopping illegal immigrants from “pour[ing] into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked” and their commitment to “build[ing] a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in”?

The answer turned out to be no, so long as students were told the quotes were President Trump’s.

Phillips begins by asking the students how they feel about the idea of a border wall generally. He gets a bunch of negative responses, including that a wall is “absolutely horrendous.”

“Everyone has a shared reaction to this,” says one male student, apparently speaking on behalf of the entire student population. “It’s absolutely horrendous.”

Others are more measured, simply dismissing the idea of a wall as “useless” and ineffective, while one cited the “fencing” that already exists.

But things get really interesting when Philips reads the above quotes “from President Trump.”

“It’s divisive,” says one young man. “I think America is a land of opportunity, a place for inclusion.”

“I just really think it’s kind of hateful speech in general,” says a female student.

“It’s just a negative message,” offers another. “When he talks about illegal immigrants it’s just, one, rude, to talk about people like that.”

The “Trump” quote “underlies” a lot about “discrimination” and “prejudice,” says another student.

“There are racial biases kinda deeply embedded in there,” says a male student.

“I think it’s, overall, just unacceptable,” concludes one student.

Other key words dropped by students in response to the “Trump” quotes include “jingoistic” and “dehumanizing.”

When Phillips finally reveals that the quotes were from Schumer, Obama and Clinton, the students are largely left speechless, sometimes laughing: “How about that?!” says one student, smiling.

Watch the video by Campus Reform below:

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. James Kelly

    January 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    students = stupid

  2. PT

    January 9, 2019 at 2:48 am

    YES, HOW ABOUT THAT! Ignorant twerp.

  3. IMJustice

    January 9, 2019 at 2:49 am

    So, as I have said before……
    With how our youth is brainwashed daily,
    we are doomed…..

  4. Guy

    January 9, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Plain and simple. They are brainwashed democrat pons..Some will realize they are being played as nothing more than tools of the DNC.usually when they discover what they were fed is harmful to them too.

  5. MICHAEL A ALBACH

    January 9, 2019 at 4:20 am

    They will figure it out with their 1st real paycheck that they need,for real bills . And see that their democratic reps want to raise tgeir taxes even MORE ! THAT will be their wake up call !!

  6. Ulla Camp

    January 9, 2019 at 4:34 am

    SAD that they have already been “preconditioned” so much against President Trump…
    Wonder how it felt for them to “get eggs all over their faces”

  7. Anje Connor

    January 9, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Ah yes, the EDUCATED

  8. Rebecca Holstine

    January 9, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Someday, we can hope they will grow up and get in the real world. When they do, they will see things different. When they start trying to make ends meet. When they have to pay taxes. Such as, property tax, state income tax, federal income tax, plus all the little taxes. Maybe that 70% tax bracket won’t sound so good when they are looking for a job and there isn’t any cause the people with money has stopped investing it in jobs for others and are putting their money over seas in tax havens. Or that wall will look better and better the first time they lose someone close to them, by an illegal. They are so brainwashed, but with age there is hope.

  9. Michael

    January 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Again, where’s the two imbeciles who constantly troll this sight, Dean Perry and Olivia? Nothing to say here either, huh? What a surprise.

  10. Mary Johnson

    January 9, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Just goes to show they are sheep believing only what they are told instead of finding out the truth and doing the right things. They believe fake news. They have been to believe anything President Trump does is wrong including securing the borders of this nation. Just what happening to the teaching of the constitution, the laws of the land, and the history of this country? This is why you have people like the hill that have not legions to this country. They are not learning freedom of speech they try to shut down anyone who does not say what they want to hear. Butter cups need to grow up and show some respect. Why are they not being raised to show respect?

  11. Rick

    January 9, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    FIOA= FUTURE IDIOTS OF AMERICA…

  12. Immat

    January 10, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Kids today are gullible and stupid,indoctrinated ,sad ,think they’d study history,apparently they don’t…omggg.their the future.

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