Jesuit University Student Targeted

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by Trey Blanton  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 10, 2020   

Marquette University faces backlash for response to student posting pro-Trump video

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Samantha Pfefferle: "I reject the idea that a biological man can claim to be a woman and I don't agree with illegal immigration."

A Wisconsin Jesuit university is being slammed over its treatment of a pro-Trump student.

On July 8, Marquette University staff met with Samantha Pfefferle to discuss her status as a student after she posted a social media video in support of the president.

After reviewing the TikTok post, Marquette staff subjected the conservative 18-year-old to a so-called "morality test."

Their questions included how Pfefferle would respond to a fellow student who was in the country as an undocumented immigrant and felt unsafe because of Pfefferle's stance against illegal immigration.

But in fact, it's Pfefferle who feels unsafe, having received threats from liberal students for her pro-Trump post.

"The girls who have been harassing me can potentially be my classmates sitting right next to me," Pfefferle said. "As far as I know, they can't leak any information on what they're doing to the students who are harassing me for privacy reasons."

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker took to Twitter to express his support for Pfefferle, saying: "Another example of the growing reality that colleges don't want political diversity on campus. Did they follow up with any students who posted 'Defund the Police'? I doubt it."

For conservatives, the lesson is clear: The Left will go to any length to silence their right to expression.

"They calculate. Who's willing to give me trouble?" said Marquette University Associate Professor John McAdams.

"It's, of course, virtually always the Left. They'll tend to cave to the Left. So that is what we had here, and I think the main thing that kept Samantha now, it turns out, fairly safe, is that there was counter pressure," he added. "Be willing to raise hell." 

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