Trump Vows to Crush Pro-Palestinian Campus Protests if Re-Elected

Mia Nightshade

Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 6:05 AM CDT

Trump Vows to Crush Pro-Palestinian Campus Protests if Re-Elected

In a bold promise to his predominantly Jewish donors, former President Donald Trump has pledged to dismantle pro-Palestinian protests on university campuses across the United States if he is re-elected. Describing the demonstrations against Israel’s war in Gaza as part of a “radical revolution,” Trump assured his supporters that he would "set the pro-Palestinian movement back 25 or 30 years."

Speaking at a meeting in New York on May 14, Trump emphasized his commitment by stating, “If you get me re-elected, we’re going to set that movement back 25 or 30 years,” according to the Washington Post. He further declared that his administration would expel any foreign students found participating in these protests, which have recently taken the form of tented encampments at colleges nationwide.

The Republican front-runner praised the New York police for clearing encampments at Columbia University and suggested that other cities should follow this example. Trump’s stance comes as Republicans increasingly make campus protests a key election issue, portraying them as unchecked chaos under President Biden’s administration.

GOP members of the education and workforce committee have criticized university presidents at Northwestern and Rutgers for negotiating voluntary dismantlements of encampments instead of involving the police. Trump’s hardline approach appears to resonate with donors concerned that students and faculty involved in these protests could hold future positions of power in the U.S.

Trump also made an apparent U-turn on Israel’s offensive in Gaza, supporting the country's right to continue its "war on terror," despite previously stating that Israel was “losing the PR war” with its actions in Gaza. The conflict has resulted in more than 36,000 Palestinian deaths and around 1,200 Israelis murdered, with another 253 taken hostage by Hamas in a retaliatory assault last October.

In his address, Trump refrained from mentioning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he reportedly resents for recognizing Biden’s 2020 election victory. Instead, he boasted of his policies toward Israel, including moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights.

As Trump seeks a second term, he is increasingly turning to billionaire supporters, both longtime associates and new GOP megadonors, to fuel his campaign. Notable contributors include North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, former Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband Jeff Sprecher, Joe Ricketts and his wife Marleen, Robert Bigelow, Linda McMahon, Phil Ruffin, Geoffrey Palmer, José "Pepe" Fanjul, Kelcy Warren, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, W**** Johnson, and Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter.

These well-heeled backers have collectively funneled millions into Trump-aligned PACs, showcasing a robust financial foundation for his 2024 campaign. Noteworthy contributions include $10 million from Linda McMahon to the MAGA Inc. super PAC and $814,600 to the Trump 47 Committee, along with significant donations from casino magnate Phil Ruffin and real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer.

As Trump rallies these influential figures, his message remains clear: re-elect him, and the pro-Palestinian campus protests will face unprecedented opposition, reinforcing his pledge to protect and support Israel’s interests.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the radical left is showing its true colors, allowing anti-Israel protests to run rampant on our college campuses. These so-called "pro-Palestinian" demonstrations are nothing more than a cover for anti-Semitic and anti-American sentiment, and it's about time someone stood up to this madness. President Trump is absolutely right to promise a crackdown on these disruptive, hateful protests if re-elected. The liberal university administrations, under Biden's weak leadership, have been negotiating with these protestors instead of calling in the police to restore order. It's clear that the left is more interested in coddling these radicals than in maintaining any semblance of law and order. Trump’s hardline stance is exactly what we need to protect our universities from becoming breeding grounds for future radicals. His commitment to Israel and his strong policies are a breath of fresh air compared to the left's anti-Israel rhetoric. With the support of patriotic, wealthy donors, Trump is ready to take back America and put an end to this leftist chaos once and for all.

Liberal Bias:

Here we go again with the right-wing fearmongering and authoritarianism. Trump’s latest promise to crush pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses is a blatant attack on free speech and the right to protest. This is nothing but a desperate attempt to pander to his wealthy donors and distract from his own failures. The Republicans are once more trying to paint peaceful protests as dangerous chaos, all while ignoring the root causes of these movements. Instead of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Trump is doubling down on his support for Israel’s aggressive actions, which have resulted in thousands of Palestinian deaths. This hardline approach is not about protecting anyone; it's about silencing dissent and maintaining power. The GOP’s criticism of university administrations for not using police force against students is a chilling reminder of their disdain for democratic principles. Trump’s reliance on billionaire backers to fuel his campaign only highlights the corrupt nature of his politics. This isn’t about protecting Israel or American interests; it’s about suppressing voices that challenge the status quo and ensuring that the rich get richer while the rest of us suffer.

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