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Marquette University student Samantha Pfefferle had her admission to the school reviewed after a Pro-Trump Tik Tok video gained over 600,000 views.
The video, titled “When the libs find their way to your page,” lists captions such as “When people see that I support Trump,” “Then try to hate on me,” and “And think I’ll change my views,” over a video of Pfefferle dancing.
The video features a Trump 2020 flag as well as a sign reading “Marquette 2024.” The song used in the video is rapper 6ix9ine’s GOOBA, and plays lyrics such as “ He’s mad, she’s’ mad, big sad, haha, don’t care, stay mad.”
Here is the video that has caused all the uproar and drama for Pfefferle. There is literally nothing wrong with the video. The only people who have a problem are those who have TDS. This girl just loves President Trump!
Unsurprisingly, Pfefferle has been subjected to vile, hateful, and threatening comments in response to her video.
“I hope you get shot,” one commenter told Pfefferle. “I’d pray for you but you’re not worth it,” another user added.
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“I was extremely disappointed by the incendiary comments,” Pfefferle told The College Fix in an interview. “The response from my peers has been repulsive.”
Disappointing? Yes. Surprising? No.
Since the video, Pfefferle was contacted by Brian Troyer who is the dean of undergraduate admissions.
…she said told her acceptance to the school was far from certain.
“[He] had the heart to tell me I wasn’t a student,” Pfefferle said. “This means that my classification is still in limbo and is currently being decided by the administration. I have been accepted, I paid for my housing, I have my roommates, I even have a complete class schedule. If that doesn’t make me a student, what does?”
Some Marquette administrators also asked Pfefferle a series of questions meant to judge her morals, she said.
“They also asked me hypothetical questions regarding Dreamers,” she said. “How would I respond if a Dreamer who lived down the hall from me came up to me and told me she didn’t feel safe or comfortable with my views and me being on campus. They also asked me if they thought there was anything I could do to improve my image on campus. They proceeded to ask if I was comfortable with the reputation I have established for myself. The assistant dean asked if I put any thought into the response I would be getting from my videos.”
So, is this a litmus test of political beliefs?
Marquette University has said they have not pulled her admission but did acknowledge talking to her about the Tik Tok post.
This girl is not backing down. Honestly, Marquette University would be lucky to have her. Isn’t college supposed to be about a free exchange of ideas?
If Marquette University, or any university for that matter, does not want students who support the current president, then they should clearly state such in their admissions policies.
Finally, where is the Republican Party on this suppression of speech and cancel culture? I understand that many things cannot be legislated, but where legal protections can be added, they should. The Republican Party and leadership needs to be much more vocal and much less afraid.
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