A fight over safe spaces and free speech erupted recently on a college campus in Canada, when a male student showed up wearing one of Donald Trump’s classic red “Make America Great Again” hats and was immediately attacked by a female student who called the hat “hate speech”.
The incident, captured on video, occurred at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Student Matt Linder came to school wearing the cap. Fellow student Zoe Slusar accosted Linder and told him to remove it.
“You’re not allowed to share hate language at a University,” Slusar shouted at Linder. “Make America Great Again means Make America all for white people, no immigrants, no people of different sexual orientations.
“You’ve got to take the hat off or I am going to write the president of the University,” she continues. “It’s not allowed. It’s hate language on campus.”
In a later post on Facebook, Slusar said she was just trying to make sure the University lives up to its safe-space credentials. “Wearing a hat in support of a movement grown on the seeds of racism, bigotry and exclusion of diversity (sexual and cultural) could make some people afraid,” she wrote.
The video ends when another man (presumably a student) snatches the hat from Linder’s head and absconds with it.
A man who filmed the incident, Ian Soliterman, told the Calgary Herald that he and Linder — who are friends — have been following the U.S. election closely and are both Trump supporters. They believe the slogan is primarily intended as an economic call-to-arms and in no way hateful or discriminatory.
A school spokeswoman told the paper that security officials responded to the dust-up but that no sanctions are being contemplated.