No Nazis at UF, a self-described radical organizing group, is demanding that the University of Florida cancel Thursday’s speech by Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and is asking for the college’s president to resign.
“No Nazis at UF sees [University President Kent] Fuchs’ inaction as deplorably condemnable when students continue to emphatically voice safety concerns about these right-wing agitators on campus,” mentioned Ashley Nguyen, a senior on the college and member of No Nazis at UF.
The group additionally listed a number of different calls for associated to Trump’s look, together with that his $50,000-speaker’s charge is donated to underfunded cultural organizations on campus, that Student Body President Michael Murphy step down from his place, and that ACCENT, the coed authorities audio system bureau that coordinated the occasion, be defunded.
Despite the criticism, ACCENT and the college mentioned it will welcome Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle, a senior advisor on President Donald Trump’s reelection marketing campaign, as they’ve with all different audio system previously.
Henry Fair, chairman of the ACCENT audio system bureau, advised Newsweek that each Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle present “varying viewpoints” and provides college students a possibility to interact in “thought-provoking dialogue and discourse.”
Fuchs and Murphy didn’t reply for remark in time for publication.
Nguyen criticized Fuchs for not barring some audio system, together with white nationalist chief Richard Spencer. In 2017, the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist suppose tank, rented house on the University of Florida campus for Spencer’s speech. Students on the time urged the administration to refuse to permit Spencer to make use of the house, however officers on the state college claimed their fingers had been tied due to free speech legal guidelines.
Nguyen supplied a number of causes for defunding ACCENT. First, she mentioned, bringing Trump Jr. to campus confirmed that the college condoned the “proliferation of right-wing speech that [incentivizes] and empowers hatred.” She additionally criticized ACCENT for not serving the coed physique effectively and for utilizing scholar funds for what basically could be a marketing campaign cease.
“Despite what UF administration says about this not being a campaign stop for Trump’s 2020 campaign, the ideas that Donald Trump Jr. will talk about will benefit Trump by bringing in more voters in 2020,” Nguyen mentioned. “Bottom Line: Student funds should not be used for compelled political speech.”
Nguyen claimed it was time to disband and defund ACCENT as a result of there wasn’t a “democratic foundation” in place. By dismantling ACCENT, Nguyen mentioned a brand new group that permitted democratic scholar enter could possibly be constructed with the identical purpose in thoughts.
No Nazis at UF wasn’t the one group to lift issues about how ACCENT chooses its audio system. Matt Barocas, president of the UF College Democrats, advised Newsweek that after ACCENT introduced Trump Jr. was coming to campus, college students started discussing how they could possibly be extra concerned in choosing audio system.
Fair advised Newsweek that ACCENT coordinated with members of the coed authorities and used the identical course of it has used previously. He declined to elaborate on what that course of entailed.
“Part of our mission is to engage the UF campus community in discussions on important issues by bringing prominent, influential, and, oftentimes, controversial speakers to campus,” Fair countered. “This mission is something that we have followed for the entirety of ACCENT’s 52-year history on campus, and continue to follow today.”
The occasion is open to college students solely. ACCENT mentioned the occasion was bought out.
No Nazis for UF is planning to protest Thursday exterior the auditorium the place Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are scheduled to look.