About 30 black students were ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Feb. 29 (video below).
The students say they were standing quietly on the back of the bleachers at Valdosta State University when they were removed. The Republican presidential candidate had not yet begun to speak.
“These folks were told to leave the PE complex by the Trump detail,” Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told USA TODAY.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email to the newspaper: "There is no truth to this whatsoever," and added that "the campaign had no knowledge of this incident.”
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“[Trump] had the right to tell folks he didn’t want to be there, that they had to leave," Childress stated. "I’m not campaigning for anyone. That’s not what I do. But in this case, I support them.”
What I resent is now some of these folks are going around saying it was a black issue. That’s total nonsense. I personally asked why were these folks told to leave and the reason was: they were being disruptive. The Trump staff said they were using profanity. The F-bomb is one word that was used. You can’t be in there using profanity. That violates Georgia law.
In 2014, Amy Barnes won a $100,000 settlement against Cobb County, Georgia, after police arrested her for using the F-bomb and giving the finger in 2012, noted WABE.
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Some of the young people who were kicked out "tried to jump back in line and cut in front of folks who were waiting – and that was a very long line – and that made some of the folks in line upset," Childress stated. "At that point, we were told they needed to leave the complex."
“We didn’t have a single arrest," Childress added. "I think that shows great restraint."
The students themselves say they planned to sit in a silent protest, but were escorted out.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old student, stated. “They said, 'This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.' But I paid my tuition to be here.”
Brooke Gladney, a 22-year-old student, added, "The only reason we were given was that Mr. Trump did not want us there."
Trump got into some racial hot water on Feb. 28 when he failed to condemn the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist David Duke during an interview with CNN.
His GOP rivals have jumped on him for the gaffe, but a recent survey shows that most of Trump's supporters are not only not aware of what he said on CNN, but also several other Trump-related issues.
Mediaite.com notes that Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini posted a poll on Twitter that said 55 percent of Trump supporters had not heard of Trump failing to disavow Duke and the KKK, Trump University fraud lawsuits, or the failure of Trump Mortgage.