Santa Clara University Bans Conservative Group, Saying It Makes Liberal Students Feel ‘Unsafe’

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By Kyle Foley | 4:01 pm, February 6, 2017

At Santa Clara University, offended leftists are doing all they can to keep conservatives off campus.

Turning Point USA advertises itself as a group promoting “fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.” Some Santa Clara students went before the school’s student senate to apply to start their own chapter on campus. A small group of students made their pitch, and then students and faculty at the school delivered speeches opposing the group.

In the end, the senate rejected the proposal, saying the group would make students feel “unsafe.”

“It was a lot of repetitive stuff,” Caleb Aleva, one of the Turning Points USA activists, told The Daily Caller. “A lot of them are lying about being afraid or they are genuinely in fear because of this false sense of danger promulgated by the media that anyone who is vaguely conservative is a Nazi or a white supremacist,” he said.

David Warne, one of the student senators at Santa Clara, told The Daily Caller that the group was compared to the alt-right in a presentation. “The order of the presentation goes like this: White Nationalists—>Alt-Right—>Identity Evropa—>Richard Spencer—>Milo Yiannopoulos—>Turning Point USA,” Warne wrote. Identity Evropa recently appeared on campus, but Warne said no one believes the posters were put up by students.

A few of Turning Point’s 350 chapters around the country have helped co-host Milo events, but the group as a whole doesn’t associate with him. The group’s events at college campuses haven’t led to major demonstrations or to outbreaks of violence.

Turning Point USA spokesman Matt Lamb contacted Santa Clara’s assistant director of student organizations to find out why the group was rejected. He told The Daily Caller that the assistant director “told the club to re-apply next quarter.” He then added that “she also said that one reason the student senate likely rejected us was because of the ‘mood’ after the last election.”

The group was voted down by a margin of 16-10, and the next step for them is to appeal the decision to the judicial branch of the student senate or wait until the next quarter.

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