Some University of Washington students created their own "Trump wall" on campus May 8 in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (video below).
The Seattle Times notes that about ten Trump supporters, who appeared to be students, built the faux brick wall out of plywood and painted "Trump Wall" on the display.
The wall brought out about 100 people, mostly anti-Trump student protesters, who shouted, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go!"
The anti-Trump people waved signs that stated: "Stop Trump now" and "Immigrant lives matter," and a banner that said: "Zero tolerance for walls or hate."
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An unidentified man placed a life-size cutout photo of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in front of the fake wall.
One anti-Trump demonstrator, Crystal Pino, climbed over the 8-foot wall after the pro-Trump supporters said she wouldn't make it over.
"I'm Mexican, and to see this all going on is really upsetting," Pino told the newspaper.
Later in the afternoon, campus police asked the pro-Trump supporters to remove the wall, which they did.
"I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say some people would not want to be public supporters [of Trump] when the opposition is so overwhelming," Chevy Swanson, president of Students for Trump at the UW, said.
Swanson added that being a Trump supporter "has social consequences on this campus."
UW President Ana Mari Cauce wrote on Facebook that she supported the pro-Trump students' right to free speech, but said the wall is "offensive" because it appears "to celebrate ideals contrary to the values of an inclusive, global campus and our drive, as an educational institution, to connect as a diverse community of individuals, rather than to divide."
Ed Taylor, University of Washington Vice Provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, told Seattle Pi:
I am seeing students that have come in opposition to a message they don’t believe in. They stand peacefully. I see more students in opposition than support [of Trump].
So long as students are talking about issues, in fact it’s quite important that they talk about issues that they stand for something or stand against issues they don’t believe in.
So long as these rallies aren’t provocation for the sake of provocation, that they actually stand for something.