The University of Minnesota College Republicans chapter's "Keep America Great" mural was "vandalized," the group tells Campus Reform.
year, student organizations at UMN are allotted space on a bridge,
which connects the two halves of the campus, to paint small murals. This
year, the College Republicans chapter used its space to call out
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's controversial "some people did
something quote," along with President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election
slogan, "Keep America Great," and other phrases favoring Trump and his
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However, “within an hour and a half it was vandalized,” Brandon Prichard, a member of UMN College Republicans, told Campus Reform.
“Borders” is now seen crossed out inside of a circle on top of smeared black paint, as the below photo, taken by Campus Reform, shows.
“While we are obviously upset about this situation, we are not surprised,” UMN CRs stated in an email obtained by Campus Reform.
“This sort of thing happens every year, but what was special about this
year was that they had the gall to do this in broad daylight in front
of hundreds of people.”
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the defacement, what was once a pro-Republican painting was converted
to “an SJW ‘shrine,’” as Nathan Harman, chair of UMN CRs, described it
to Campus Reform.
added, "the College Republicans [aren’t] the only ones who have been
vandalized. There was a free market environmentalist group that was
vandalized, [and] Turning Point’s vandalized almost every year, some
other freedom groups are, libertarian groups are.”
The College Republican said that the group’s display had been vandalized four years in a row.
He also claimed that none of the left-leaning clubs ever have their murals destroyed.
matter the ugliness of how people respond to us, we will serve that
respect for ideas to everyone regardless, and that’s why our members
will never be seen so much as laying a finger on the panel of another
group, even if their ideas run contrary to our own,” Harman said in an
open letter published by the Minnesota Republic.
“Censorship is a powerful thing. We hear about it in statist nations
like China and Russia….And now, we’ve seen it yet again on our own
Harman also told Campus Reform that,
as of Sunday, the group has not filed a police report; however, the
university is clear that vandalism on the bridge is a crime that carries
a $300 penalty.
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Campus Reform visited
the bridge and photographed both the vandalized UMN CRs painting and
the dozens of left-leaning displays that remain intact, including one
painting that states, "America was never great since it was built on
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