Wondering how Donald Trump could possibly get more alarming as an increasingly feasible presidential nominee? The candidate reportedly (opens in new tab) kicked out a group of 30 black students who attended a campaign event at Valdosta State University in Georgia yesterday—students who claim they were standing silently in the bleachers.
BREAKING: About 30 Valdosta students kicked out of Trump rally. They say they were standing silently in bleachers. pic.twitter.com/VDeWpICIArFebruary 29, 2016
VSU students being kicked out for absolutely NO reason before Donald Trump makes his presence. pic.twitter.com/bOwnwvCkuNFebruary 29, 2016
"We didn't plan to do anything," student Tahjila Davis told reporters (opens in new tab). "They said, 'This is Trump's property; it's a private event.' But I paid my tuition to be here."
The students were wearing all black as a Black Lives Matter statement—it's possible they were removed from the event because a Black Lives Matter protest disrupted a Trump speech (opens in new tab) earlier that day.
Despite videos that show students being led out, Trump's team is doing damage control in the Trumpiest way imaginable: by denying any knowledge of the incident.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says "the candidate" didn't ask Valdosta students to leave, but not answering if campaign requested it.March 1, 2016
Hope Hicks: "Campaign had no knowledge of this incident before being alerted to your false reporting.”Suggesting Valdosta students lied?March 1, 2016
The news broke in time for Super Tuesday—whether the incident will affect Trump's numbers remains to be seen.
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