Politics

Donald Trump Just Responded to the Mizzou Protests

November 12th 2015

By:
Alex Mierjeski

Protests over racial tensions at the University of Missouri have captured the nation's attention in recent days. They've also captured the attention of businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called the demonstrations "disgraceful" in an interview Thursday morning on Fox Business Network.

When asked about the protests, the real estate magnate called student's demands for the school to address racial tensions "crazy," saying that the weeks of dysfunction leading up to arrests made Wednesday were "disgusting."

 

"I think the two people that resigned are weak, ineffective people," he said of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and chancellor of the Columbia campus R. Bowen Loftin, both of whom announced their resignations earlier this week.

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"How we hire people like this... Trump should have been the chancellor of that university. Believe me. There would be no resignation," he added.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, a list of demands filed by the student protest group Concerned Student 1950 include calls to hire more black faculty and staff, a mandatory "comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum" vetted and overseen by students and faculty of color, and more money for funding social justice centers on campus.

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Following weeks of tension, the university went on high alert Tuesday after anonymous threats were posted to the social media app Yik Yak, and reports of racial taunts came in on other social media sites. On Wednesday, two students were arrested after allegedly being traced to threats, which foretold school shootings targeting black students. Campus tensions continued early Thursday, with reports of the university's black student government sign being vandalized, according to the Los Angeles Times.