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Emory University President Vows to Hunt Down Student Whose 'Trump 2016' Message Wrecked Safe Space

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Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling "Trump 2016" in chalk all over campus. 

The messages horrified many students on campus, who complained to Wagner's office that they felt intimidated and unsafe. In response, Wagner tepidly endorsed the perpetrator's free speech rights while making every effort to assuage the offended students' fears. 

But that's not the end of the story: Wagner also announced that he would review security footage in hopes of identifying the perpetrators and subjecting them to the "conduct violation process," according to The Emory Wheel. If the perpetrators are not students, trespassing charges will be filed. 

Emory is a private university, and it has the right to set whatever policies on expression and chalking it wants. The Wheel reported that students who wish to write messages on sidewalks must obtain prior approval from the administration, and there are certain limitations on the exact places where chalking is allowed. Photos of the "Trump 2016" messages suggest to me that these policies were violated—some appeared in places where rain could not easily wash them away. 

Libertarian writer Jeffrey Tucker was present on campus earlier this week, when the messages first appeared. He told me that I was wrong to mock legitimate criticisms of the "Trump 2016" scrawlings, which he characterized as vandalism of private property. The campus is a fairly apolitical place and the Trump messages were widely perceived as racial intimidation against the campus's significant minority population—not mere political advocacy—according to Tucker. 

"It was like cross burning," Tucker told me. "It was on private property. It was extremely damaging and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed…it was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked." 

Gawker's Sam Biddle and New York Magazine's Jesse Singal, on the other hand, were more in line with my thinking, and wrote articles decrying students' panicky fragility. Here's Biddle:

It's true that Trump's vile campaign has moved straight past the bounds of rhetoric into actual acts of violence, but chalk drawings on a college campus are not instances of such acts.

And here's Singal: 

A college using security-camera footage to track down and possibly punish students who expressed political speech? The only way to fairly describe that is, well, the only way to fairly describe the spectacle of a Trump rally delivered to a deliriously cheering crowd: extremely creepy, and a sign that something has gone seriously wrong. 

It's true that Tucker was there—Biddle, Singal, and I were not. It may well be the case that "Trump 2016" was widely interpreted as code for racist intimidation. Trump does, in fact, support fascistic and xenophobic policies when it comes to immigration, torture, a free press, and a host of other issues. 

Still, if it's inappropriate to write "Trump 2016" on the sidewalk of a university, surely it must be inappropriate to write the name of any candidate or major politician. And if that's the case, the simple fact must be that political expression is discouraged at Emory. 

If Emory's administration wants to run a university where political activism is prohibited, it has that right. But that seems like a difficult rule to defend. Shouldn't college students be encouraged to engage in political advocacy? Isn't that educational? 

It may be the case that the "Trump 2016" messages were intended to intimidate—perhaps because of the sheer number of them. I find it more plausible that the perpetrator was simply conducting a free expression stunt: pro-Trump chants and leaflets at other universities have constituted satire aimed to provoke, rather than threaten, liberal students. (This video, filmed by conservative University of Michigan students, is a perfect example.) 

But in any case—look, there's a good chance Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's presidential nominee. There's some chance he becomes president of the United States. That prospect horrifies me as much as the next freedom-loving person, but I can't deny that it's possible. Is Emory really doing an adequate job preparing its students to confront that possibility by protecting them from even the most straightforwardly non-offensive pro-Trump displays? We all wish we could live in a Trump-free world, but I don't think it does Emory students much good to entertain such a delusion. 

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137 responses to “Emory University President Vows to Hunt Down Student Whose 'Trump 2016' Message Wrecked Safe Space

  1. I’m normally a big fan of Tucker but he has seemed a little “off” lately. Also…

    Know who else invaded a safe space?

    1. Clint Eastwood,Jeff Bridges,George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis?

    2. Willie Sutton?

      1. Students are right to feel troubled by the changes we are preplanning to make, especially if any of them are twisting words with inappropriate “parody” to stir up controversy. This is a land of ordered liberty and we plan to impose order, regardless of the wishy-washy “First Amendment dissent” filed by a single liberal judge in America’s leading criminal “satire” case, documented at:

        http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

        P.s. see also the further preplanning we’re engaged in in this regard in the New York State Senate:

        http://tinyurl.com/senate-troll-bill

    3. If Tucker wasn’t deliberately invoking Poe’s Law to illustrate his point, he’s doing a fine job at proving Robby’s point.

      FFS, when Gawker is more rational and grounded than you….

      1. I don’t know, this seems like graffiti to me. I mean, it’s very minor graffiti that washes out with rain, but I still would not want anyone chalking up my driveway.

        1. What part of “free speech on campus” is unclear?

        2. A student from there, interviewed last night, said such chalk messages are common, though, in his experience, most of them were for Bernie.
          What I want to know is, if the scrutiny of surveillance tapes turns up a Berine supporter, will they be subject to the “conduct violation process”?
          Surely someone on campus might have “felt intimidated and unsafe” by seeing support for an overt communist.

        3. The problem is that the graffiti aspect isn’t what’s prompting the response.

    4. Ocean’s Eleven?

    5. Hitler?

    6. the griddler?

    7. Forrest Whittaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam?

  2. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    So I guess we’re at step 3 right now.

    1. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

      I accept that I have to try to stay in Step 2 to stay out of Step 4, but it’s just a form of denial that I’m too old to give a shit any more. It’s your world, I’m just passing through, looking at the scenery – hey! look at that dog over there eating his own vomit and thinking it’s a new hot meal every time! That’s funny! Or at least interesting. For a moment. …sigh… What’s next?

  3. “It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me. “It was on private property. It was extremely damaging and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed… it was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked.”

    If a Trump 2016 chalking can provoke this kind of whining I might have to reconsider being against him

    1. It’s not just *like* a crossburning, it’s *worse* than a crossburning! Because reasons!

      1. Hysterical pants shitting, not just for yokels any more.

        1. Tucker has gone from authoring the Ron Paul newsletters to full SJW.

          1. No kidding, it’s practically a list of SJW codewords (with a mention of private property thrown in).

    2. Yes. I still won’t vote for him, but I might put up some signs just to watch people cry.

        1. Can we consider a Soave free zone now? Too soon?

    3. These little snowflakes don’t know what intimidation is.

      When I was nine years old my stepfather came home and a cocaine induced, paranoid rage convinced that my mother, stepbrother, and I were informing on him about something. I don’t know what, it was 2 AM. based on the fact that he hit all three of us and when I ran out the door to the neighbors to call the police was retrieving a riflewell my mother and stepbrother were playing monkey in the middle of the box of ammunition, likely intending to kill us all.

      That’s intimidation, not sidewalk scrawlings they could be more politically and properly dealt with by simply going out with your own piece of chalk drawing lines through them.

      1. I guess typos is what I get for dictating a post to my phone?

      2. That should say poetically not politically

    4. I’m considering it for the same reason. IHis success is flushing out alot of the mentally ill/challenged folks.

    5. Wait: it was on private property?

      We all know that the proper place for a cross burning is the public square.

      1. I thought that proper place for cross burning was on your mothers ass…guess I thought wrong

    6. A cross burning in a signal that one has been targeted for a lynching. Not just violence, but deadly and horrific violence. Chalking Trump on a sidewalk is not even in the same universe as a cross burning.

    7. t was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked.

      Some marks are easy.

    8. Tucker has become a complete shitlib/SJW, it’s kinda funny. Still dons the bowtie though.

  4. “Trump does, in fact, support fascistic and xenophobic policies when it comes to immigration, torture, a free press, and a host of other issues. ”

    which candidate does not?

    1. Ya so how is Trumpeteer any different than any other president oh say for the past 150 years?

      1. Never dis Silent Cal!

    2. It has been amazing this election year. When Trump says something, everyone is up in arms, when another candidate says virtually the same thing, it is “what a great idea!” I will grant you that Trump is not exactly eloquent when he speaks, but the comments are virtually the same among the Republican candidates.

      1. They are also the same as the democrats comments but they are just targeting a different group of people so its okay.

  5. “””students who wish to write messages on sidewalks must obtain prior approval from the administration,””

    This is why we need Comprehensive Chalk Control.

    1. They should invite Elizabeth Warren to campus to do a rain dance. Problem solved!

      1. Best Post of the Thread!

    2. Maybe a “Chalk tax”

    3. and chewing gum registration. and get off my lawn.

  6. So…this is PEAK RETARD, right? It can’t get any more retarded than this, right? Well, unless NutraSweet is involved somehow. But that’s INFINITE RETARD.

    1. Sadly, I don’t think that happens until the dying starts.

    2. This? This barely cracks the top 5 of most retarded campus shenanigans this month.

      1. New at Reason, ‘Top 5 most retarded campus shenanigans this month’.
        Number 3 will surprise you!

        1. A thing was done here, and it was seen.

        2. “This rich son of a bitch is triggering college students nationwide with this one weird trick!”

    3. I’m wracking my brain, trying to think of something worse than this, and all I can come up with is if the pro-Trump action was inadvertent, instead of purposeful — something like accidentally dropping a Trump flyer on the ground (only to be picked up by a student who screams like some character in “Body Snatchers.”)

    4. So…this is PEAK RETARD, right?

      What you don’t realize is that we’ve already fallen into the RETARD SINGULARITY and that every moment we spend here is like spending 5 years of PEAK RETARD.

      1. LOL. “Retard singularity” is going to be my next twitter handle.

    5. But Epi – just when we thought we last saw PEAK ‘TARD….this comes along. Sit, relax and wait….Higher Derp will be coming….soon!

    6. I BRING THE SUPER TARD!

      1. He’s a Super Tard!
        Super Tard!
        He’s Super Tardy!

        Derptations SING!

        Whoa-oa-oa-oa-oa-oa-oaaaaaaaa

        Super TARD!

        Super TARD!

        That dudes a Super TARD!

        1. Super TARD, Super TARD
          Does whatever a Super TARD can
          Look out! Here comes the Super TARD!

  7. Emory does have the reputation of being a pack of sheltered retarded puppies.

    1. What’s a “significant minority population”?

  8. “A college using security-camera footage to track down and possibly punish students who expressed political speech?”

    But Trump is the one who is Hitler reincarnated.

    It is this kind of shit that forces me to defend Trump and his supporters. That is how bad these assholes are.

  9. “It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me. “It was on private property. It was extremely damaging and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed… it was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked.”

    I’ll grant the private property thing. Then again, I doubt they’d be freaking out like this if it was Bernie 2016; or at least the context would define the response I reckon.

    Other than that, Tucker and Wagner can go fly an anvil. Wagner is a wimp.

  10. ‘…some appeared in places where rain could not easily wash them away.’
    You tell ’em granny Soave.

    1. A hose perhaps? Nah, too much effort.

  11. If university students really think this was intimidating then we have much bigger problems than Trump. They’re using false offense to attempt to suppress a political viewpoint they disagree with. Either that or they’re pussies.

    1. If they really were intimidated then we do have a major problem. It’s as if people are devolving into eloi in front of our eyes.

    2. The problem isn’t that the students think it’s intimidation, it’s that the administration is saying that if the students think it’s intimidation then it is intimidation. Perception is reality – just like if you smile and nod at a passer-by and that person thinks it’s sexual assault, well then you’ve just committed sexual assault.

      I think I’m going to go apply to their medical school and when I inevitably get rejected for not meeting their standards I’m going to sue on the grounds that I think I do meet their standards and they’re oppressively denying the reality of my perceptions. This Trump thing will be Exhibit A in support of my claim that they themselves admit that reality is whatever the perceiver claims it to be.

      Just wait until I never attend a single class and then claim I think I’ve met the standard for being awarded my MD.

      1. They don’t actually believe that, it’s just an excuse to justify political oppression (“you attacked us first, with your disagreement”). Try complaining about a Hillary 2016 chalking, even as a transgendered black lesbian paraplegic, and see how far you get.

      2. Will you be able to write prescriptions?

        I’m asking for a friend.

        CB

    3. or just plain fucking stupid?

  12. Just be glad Tucker didn’t waive his college degree credentials in your face, Robby.

    Tucker: You’re wrong, Robby.
    Robby (runs fingers through hair): Ok.
    Tucker: Don’t you want to know why you’re wrong?
    Robby (runs fingers through hair): No. Not really.
    Tucker: Could you stop doing that?
    Robby (runs fingers through hair): Doing what?
    Tucker: That. What you just did there!
    Robby (runs fingers through hair): Oh that.
    Tucker: You do have nice hair. Hey!

    Robby runs finger through hair provactively. Tussle ensues.

    Tucker: Stop it!

    Robby still trying to run fingers through hair.

    1. *cruel laugh*

      /Robby’s Hair

    2. don’t be waving any stuff in peoples faces now, you hear me?

  13. I hate these people for making me give any small amount of support to Trump, but I do enjoy watching them squirm.

  14. The campus is a fairly apolitical place and the Trump messages were widely perceived as racial intimidation against the campus’s significant minority population

    What a load of horseshit.

    1. …steaming load of horseshit

    2. Fucking pussies. The fuck, Tucker?? You trying to get balls deep in some sheepish Emory SJW coed?

  15. I have decided that this election is Stalin v. Mussolini. Trump is not Hitler; he is Mussolini. Hillary is Stalin. When picking dictators, I always choose the buffoon over the psychotic.

    Trump 2016: Cause he’ll screw the oppression up!

    1. Hilarious!

    2. This is the best argument for Trump I’ve heard so far.

  16. Imbeciles can get away with blocking freeways for hours, but chalk drawings cause panic! America, where are you now…?

    1. “They went looking for America, and couldn’t find it ANYWHERE…”

      /Easy Rider

  17. So, should this witch hunt be considered a donation to not Trump?

  18. Trump does, in fact, support fascistic and xenophobic policies when it comes to immigration, torture, a free press, and a host of other issues.

    He does?

    But I thought he contradicted himself on EVERYTHING and doesn’t have ANY consistent views? Which is it, REASON?

    Go Trump yourself.

    1. Re: Almanian’s Rusty Woodchipper,

      He does?

      Yes.

      But I thought he contradicted himself on EVERYTHING and doesn’t have ANY consistent views?

      He got you good.

  19. If the campus actually were a fairly apolitical place, I would doubt that someone writing a candidate’s name in chalk on sidewalks would spur hyperventilating pants-shitting by the students.

    1. Ding ding ding

  20. Reason: Please get Jeffrey A. Tucker to write “the libertarian case for Hillary Clinton”

  21. I think we all wish we could live in a Hillary-free world as well.
    As noted above, it is a race between Mussolini and Stalin.
    I refuse to support either of them, but I oppose Hillary more vehemently.
    #anyonebuthillary

  22. As a libertarian who graduated from there last year, this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    1. And no, it’s definitely not an apolitical campus, and it’s fairly clear to me that Robby’s interpretation of the intent is correct, not that it should matter.

  23. The messages horrified many students on campus, who complained to Wagner’s office that they felt intimidated and unsafe.

    Boo hoo. My son is studying abroad in Brazil and they are having government vs anti-government riots on his campus so I don’t give a rats ass about these little snowflakes. The need to grow up and get out into the real world.

  24. So we can assume that they’ll never travel off campus where they might be subjected to yard signs?

    Oh, the humanity!

    1. Emory is located in the liberal leftopia portion of Atlanta.

  25. “It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me.

    Hey Jeffrey Tucker, go fuck yourself you historically illiterate, morally debased bucket of pig shit.

    1. No more of your PC feline footing, tell us what you really think

  26. Just when I thought Tucker couldn’t possibly get any faggier. I bet he’s really a communist.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icqPHsNumuU

  27. “It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me.

    Well, no. No one was in imminent danger of getting hung by the neck until dead. The possibility of being butthurt at an innocuous political slogan is not remotely similar.

    “It was on private property.”

    OK, you got that part right.

    “It was extremely damaging”

    It was fucking chalk. It washes off.

    “and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed”

    They should be … but not for the reasons you state.

    1. I went to college and got butt-hurt by some chalk writing on the sidewalk…can I come home now?

  28. I have a habit of writing some really nasty stuff with chalk, unfortunately I use sidewalk colored chalk….

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  30. Everyone wants to live in a Trump-free world, but alas…

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

    1. Those millions of people voted for him because they thought it would make him go away.

      Or, maybe false consciousness, or something.

  31. Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. There’s some chance he becomes president of the United States. That prospect horrifies me as much as the next freedom-loving person, but I can’t deny that it’s possible. Is Emory really doing an adequate job preparing its students to confront that possibility by protecting them from even the most straightforwardly non-offensive pro-Trump displays? We all wish we could live in a Trump-free world,

    Well, no. I’m no fan of Trump, but I do appreciate that he’s raising issues the other candidates don’t want to talk about – Like the invasion of America and the willingness of the Obozo administration to aid, abet and turn a blind eye to all manner of criminal activity in support of the invasion.

    Do I wish we lived in a Trump-free world? No. I don’t.

    I do wish we lived in a Clinton-free world. An Obozo-free world. A Bush-free world. One without Algore, or Kerry, or McCain, or Schumer or Boxer or Pelosi or Feinstein… But not a Trump-free world. The difference is that Trump has actually contributed something – an opening of discourse. He may be a bombastic, self-promoting clown – but he has made a useful contribution.

    The rest have done nothing to benefit America… indeed, they have brought it down.

  32. There’s an easy way to test the honesty of Emory University, and for that matter Tucker. Someone (perhaps even the same someones who chalked the Trump messages) could go doing “Sanders 2016” messages in much the same illegal places. Endorsing a communist should be just as bad as endorsing an alleged fascist, so the new chalkings should get just as much criticism. Any bets what the actual outcome would be if it happened?

  33. Jeffrey Tucker must really be one limp wristed faggot if he thinks chalk is damaging to sidewalks. The more the loons rage, the stupider they look.

  34. This is retard = tan (x) as x-pi/2

  35. It’s one thing to scribble “Lenin rules!”, “Mao for me!”, “Bernie 2016”, etc. Those are obviously positive, non-threatening expressions. But “Trump 2016”? C’mon man. That’s almost as bad as the “Three Cs”; Capitalist, Conservative, Christian! No self respecting college would stand for that kind of hate speech.

  36. It may well be the case that “Trump 2016” was widely interpreted as code for racist intimidation. Trump does, in fact, support fascistic and xenophobic policies when it comes to immigration, torture, a free press, and a host of other issues.

    Dafuq?!

  37. STFU and VOTE TRUMP

  38. So, fresh diapers all around for the student body at Emory?

  39. Remember, the Emoroids were the ones who wanted the campus infirmary to stock up on cyanide pills so the students could all off themselves in case of nuclear war, back in the 80s.

    You can’t make this schei?e up, folks.

  40. The more this happens, the stronger Trump gets.
    Keep it up, faggot lefties.

  41. Cal me a scab picker, ” Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump,” I’d like to loop their fax machines with a TRUMP message.

  42. How will those Little Snowflakes ever survive outside the womb of Emory?
    Or more to the point:
    At what point do they stop being viewed as immature children and transition into dysfunctional young adults?

  43. Pretty soon “College Republicans” (if that’s still a campus group) will be banned as a hate group

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  45. ” We all wish we could live in a Trump-free world, ”

    What do you mean “We,” kemo sabe.

    You’re not just talking to your pockets here.

    Or maybe you are.

    In any case, check your six before confusing the “general” with the “universal.”

    It’s one of the basic principles of, well, “Reason.”

  46. We need more college students like the 19 year-old Mormon missionary who had courage enough to joke around after being seriously injured at the airport in Brussels on Tuesday — not these pants-wetting cretins.

  47. I think that I do meet their standards and they’re oppressively denying the reality of my perceptions. This Trump thing will be Exhibit A in support of my claim that they themselves admit that reality is whatever the perceiver claims it to be.

  48. This would make a great TV show – call it SJW.

    Every week a new episode about some terrible wrong and a SJW who rights this terrible wrong like a Pizza made with pineapple – which is a horrible cultural appropriation – an Italian food with a fruit which does not come from Italy.

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  51. If you’ve seen pictures, they wrote “Trump 2016” and more all over the place. Not so bad on the pavement but it will leave a mark on those wooden staircase railings.


  52. NEXT WEEK, on “LAW & ORDER — SJW”:

    The script practically writes itself.

  53. libertarian writer Jeff Tucker sounds like a huge idiot douche

    A cross burning? Really? REALLY?

  54. Has the University ever prosecuted any other sidewalk chalkers?

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  56. I hope whoever wrote the Trump 2016 was swathed from head to toe with only the eyes & hands in view…that way they won’t be able to rip an innocent student to pieces all because he/she had the audacity to use sidewalk chalk, (the easiest to clean up type of outdoor art there IS) to display public support for the candidate of their choice for President.

    If it had been Hilary or Bernie 2016, I doubt Tucker would be likening it to cross burning….

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