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Footage Of Coffee Shop Manager Kicking Out Trump Supporters Emerges Online

Footage Of Coffee Shop Manager Kicking Out Trump Supporters Emerges Online
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6 months ago

Fordham University has found itself in the middle of a political fight that centers around coffee. No, that's not a typo. A video posted by conservative news site Campus Reform seems to shot a group of students, dressed in their best head-to-toe Trump swag, being told to leave a coffee shop. The altercation happened when the shops president (it's run by a student club, so club president = shop president) told the group that she was removing them for the safety and comfort of other customers, saying their Trump swag violated a coffee shop policy. 

How could clothes violate a policy? It turns out the coffee shop has written policies in place about this sort of thing. Check out the rule she references.

Be aware of the boundaries of others' space, physical or otherwise, and respect their consent. No racism - No sexism - No homophobia. If you feel that someone has transgressed this policy, we want you to feel comfortable confronting them or approaching a member behind the counter, who is available as a resource to assist you.

The College Republicans members then reply that, since they bought something, they're customers too and can stay now. The club president fires back saying she doesn't want them supporting the club, nobody wanted them supporting the club and they had five minutes to finish their drinks and leave. 

Again, she reiterates: 

"You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard — you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,” she said. “You have to take it off or you have to go. "

The College Republican members, who can be seen and heard laughing in the video, put up a bit more fight before eventually making their exit. The group complained to the university, who essentially said since they don't run the shop, they don't make the rules and the altercation amounted to a disagreement between students, not between the College Republican members and the school itself. 

However, assistant Vice President Bob Howe did address the incident in an email saying: 

There is no University safe space policy, nor one that excludes any members of the Fordham community from any public spaces on the basis of their political views. Fordham is a community that values diverse opinions, and in which students should disagree with one another in a civil fashion. The University is still investigating the incident, and students who may have violated the University code of conduct will be met with the appropriate student conduct process. 

The video has people talking: 

Though a lot of the comments are cringe-worthy examples of why the club decided to create a safe-space policy to begin with. 

People are acknowledging that the College Republicans were being purposeful instigators in this situation, but aren't sure that gives the student the right to actually remove them from the space. What are your thoughts? You can watch the video for yourself here: