College Republicans doused in 'unknown substance' at pro-Trump table, one person charged

  • The Longwood University College Republicans were attacked after they hosted a tabling event in support of Donald Trump on campus.
  • The group said that four individuals sprayed two of its members with an “unknown substance.”
  • The university said one person has been charged.

The College Republicans at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia were physically attacked while they hosted a tabling event for President Donald Trump.

According to an October 27 press release posted on Facebook, two members of the College Republicans club were “approached by four people and sprayed with an unknown substance,” even though the students “in no way provoked the attackers and did not reciprocate the violence they were shown.”

The College Republicans said they regret that they were not able to support the president “without fear of threats and attacks.”

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"Our members remained focused on our goal of promoting our presidential candidate. The group of protesters proceeded to shout obscenities at our members"   





A group of students later gathered to protest the tabling event, according to the College Republicans' statement. 

Though protesters shouted obscenities, the students continued their support of the president. They attempted to engage the protesters with respectful dialogue, but were “met with disdain and hatred.”

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"Our members remained focused on our goal of promoting our presidential candidate. The group of protesters proceeded to shout obscenities at our members," the group said.

The College Republicans group has since asked Longwood University to address the situation.

Longwood Assistant Vice President for Communications Matthew McWilliams told Campus Reform that Longwood police investigated the incident and is charging one suspect with three counts of misdemeanor assault. 

The suspect is “not a Longwood student and has been banned from campus," McWilliams said. 

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Campus Reform is working to confirm additional details with the College Republicans of Longwood University.

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Benjamin Zeisloft is a Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He is studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin also writes for The UPenn Statesman and the Wharton International Business Review.

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