Students for Trump find support, ridicule at HUB-Robeson Center during Pennsylvania primary

With five states up for grabs, student political organizations began campaigning on campus for Tuesday’s primary elections. Students for Trump campaigned both inside and outside the HUB-Robeson Center, urging students to vote regardless of political affiliation.

“I’m very excited to vote today because not only is it an important election but it’s also my first time voting,” Dmitri Loutsik said. “However, Penn State doesn’t seem too excited about the election.”

Trump won the state of Pennsylvania for the Republican primary with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Loutsik said Students for Trump planned to stop campaigning after 5 p.m. because everyone who wanted to vote had probably already done so by 4 p.m. except for a few students who have later night classes.

Students for Trump member Matt Kremer said he is an advocate for Trump because he agrees with his tax reform and immigration policies.

Kremer said he doesn’t agree with having a closed primary as he originally intended to register as an independent but since he wanted to vote in the primary he registered as Republican and eventually found Trump to be his ideal candidate.

“Voter turnout wasn’t too bad,” Kremer said. “I’d say 40 percent of people were for Trump, 60 percent the other way and 20 percent of people were hostile.”

Howe said he had several civilized conversations with voters. When he came in contact with non-Trump supporters, he told them that as long as they’re voting, that’s all that matters.

Professor Milton Cole passed by the Trump supporters and found himself involved in a debate regarding Trump’s abortion policies.

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Members of the Students for Trump club have their photo taken in the line for the Bernie Sanders rally at Rec Hall on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Max Petrosky/The Daily Collegian.

“I’m for freedom of choice,” the physics professor said. “To me, it’s absurd that the people who claim to be in favor of freedom want to limit a woman’s freedom.”

Cole said Trump contradicts himself on a regarding basis and has changed his stance on abortion several times. Rather than voting for Trump, Cole said he is in favor of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I agree with almost all of her policies and I think she has a great deal of experience,” Cole said.

Cole said he also admires Bernie Sanders but worries the senator will face a bigger challenge than Clinton if he wins the nomination.

Students for Trump has between 80 and 90 members with approximately 40 active members, Kremer said.

Students for Trump member Chris Howe discovered the political student organization after joining College Republicans. From participating the club, Howe met several people who were also involved in Students for Trump.

“I wasn’t originally on board with Trump,” Howe said. “I had support for the club but not the candidate until last week.”

Howe said he believes Trump will unify America.

“He wants to benefit this country and everyone in it,” he said.

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