Donald Trump called the anarchic protests at the University of Missouri “disgusting” and said Tim Wolfe was a wimp for resigning as president under pressure from Mizzou activist group Concerned Student 1950.
Trump made the remarks Nov. 12 during an interview with Fox Business Network (see video below).
Donald said the resignations of Mizzou president Tim Wolfe and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have created a slippery slope that sets a dangerous precedent for other college students, who now feel they can force the resignation of any university administrator simply by protesting.
“I think it’s disgusting,” said Trump. “I think the two people that resigned are weak, ineffective people.
“When they resigned, they set something in motion that’s going to be a disaster for a long period of time.”
In October 2015, Concerned Student 1950 began protesting what it called the mistreatment of minorities and “all marginalized groups” after three incidents where white students allegedly called some black students the N-word.
In late October, Concerned Student 1950 began protesting university president Tim Wolfe’s failure to respond adequately to the incidents. One grad student even went on a hunger strike, and vowed to starve himself to death if Wolfe didn’t resign or get fired.
But the turning point came when the University of Missouri football team refused to play unless Wolfe was ousted. If the football team forfeited a game scheduled for Nov. 14, it would have been fined $1 million.
On Nov. 9, Tim Wolfe resigned as president. Shortly afterward, chancellor R. Bowen Loftin also resigned. Both stepped down under pressure from the university board of directors amid national press attention.
But Donald Trump says he would not have stepped down had he been chancellor.
“Trump should have been the chancellor of that university,” he said. “Believe me, there would have been no resignations.”
Trump also slammed the “crazy” demands of Concerned Student 1950, which included a public admission by Tim Wolfe of his “white male privilege,” a handwritten apology, and mandatory racial awareness classes at the university (whose student-body president and vice president are both black).
“Their demands are crazy” said Trump, who detailed the wussification of America in Crippled America. “It’s just disgraceful.”
Trump does not condone racism, but suggested the manner Mizzou students have adopted to effect change (which is akin to holding your breath and pouting until you get what you want) is immature.
Dr. Ben Carson, an African-American neurosurgeon who’s running for president of the United States, has also condemned the ongoing Mizzou protests.
“We’re being a little too tolerant, I guess you might say, accepting infantile behavior,” said Dr. Carson, who chronicled his rags-to-riches story in A More Perfect Union.
“The officials at these places must recognize that and have the moral courage to stand up to it, because if they don’t, it will grow, it will exacerbate the situation, and we will move much further to anarchy than anybody can imagine.”
Dr. Carson, a self-made millionaire who grew up dirt-poor, added: “When we get to a point where a majority can say ‘I don’t like what you’re doing, that’s offensive, and therefore I have a right to violent toward you or deprive you of rights because I don’t like what you’re doing,’ that really goes against the grain of our constitutional rights.”
Meanwhile, many white students and professors — as well as all the white members of the Mizzou football team — have joined in on the protests and vocally voiced their support to end racism on campus.
The weeks-long protests have thrown the University of Missouri into total chaos, with classes on hold and students expressing safety concerns — both real and imagined — amid false alarms about danger on campus.
On Nov. 11, Payton Head, president of the Mizzou student body (who is black), posted a chilling warning on Facebook of a “confirmed” Ku Klux Klan presence on campus — only to admit hours later it was not true.
Payton later apologized for the false alarm. Incidentally, Payton accounts for one of three alleged racist incidents on campus (he said someone had called him the N-word in September).
The forced resignations of Wolfe and Loftin also had some white male professors issuing panicked pre-emptive apologies for their “while male privilege,” like Poetry Ph.D. student Bradley Harrison Smith, who wrote the note below:
Mizzou students are now being told to call the police if they hear hateful or “hurtful” speech. In other words, call the cops if someone hurts your feelings.
On Nov. 12, the University of Missouri named Michael Middleton interim president (photo below). Middleton, who is black, was a former deputy chancellor at Mizzou. In its announcement, the university pointed out that Middleton was a former civil rights attorney.
Ironically, racial tensions across the United States have deteriorated under Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens at the University of Missouri with a black president at its helm. Mizzou’s student-body president and vice president are also black, even though 80% of the student body is white.