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.
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"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.
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.