Boulder students marched across campus on Thursday to rally against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.
The event was put on by The Colorado Democratic Party and Boulder Student Affiliate. Their slogan was “Love Trumps Hate,” which adorned the signs the ralliers carried through campus at noon.
Neema Nodoust, a CU student and the event’s organizer, said he was inspired to counter Trump’s “rhetoric of hate and bigotry.”
“We can do better as a country,” said Nodoust.
Nodoust’s fellow rallier, Mariel Kramer, also a CU student, said there was a mixed response to the “Love Trumps Hate” campaign. She said it was difficult to communicate with those who “outright supported Trump.”
The protest ended at the UMC fountains, where students of both parties voiced their views. Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a conservative activist organization, showed up to the rally. Members spoke with students about conservative values and anti-big government viewpoints.
David Quesinberry, a sophomore at CU and member of TPUSA, explained the organization’s reasons for being at the rally, saying that the organization supported women in government and wanted to make connections with young, conservative Buffs. When asked about TPUSA’s connection to Trump, Quesinberry said the organization does not endorse Trump.
As the ralliers took down their “Love Trumps Hate” posters and packed up for the day, Sage Yeager-Wheaton, a student participant in the rally, said she wanted to spread the message of goodwill on campus.
“We need a campus where everyone feels welcome,” she said.
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