College students plan protest outside GOP presidential debate

Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 00:09:47-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah students are joining the fight against Donald Trump.

Vice President of the Students for Democratic Society at the University, Sean Taylor said they’ve organized an event which they’re calling “Dump Trump.”

“I think he’s tapping into the worst and most racist ideas in America,” Taylor said.

President of the Students for Democratic Society, Theresa Neilson said they plan to protest Trump’s presence at next week’s Salt Lake City GOP debate with speeches, chants and even trump piñatas.

“We’re here to stand against racism, xenophobia, sexism and all forms of oppression and Trump is kind of like the epitome of all those things,” Neilson said.

While they intend for the demonstration to be peaceful, they don’t think the violent protests that have occurred in other states are uncalled for.

“We’re fighting against racism. We’re fighting against really serious things and sometimes violence is going to be the result,” Neilson said.

Even though “Dump Trump” has its eyes set on the media mogul, they still hope their anti-oppression message resonates with the other Republican candidates.

“A lot of the GOP candidates are just as racist and possibly a little more insidious because they’re not quite as vocal about it,” Taylor said.

Even if Trump doesn’t attend, or the debate is canceled altogether, the protest will be held regardless.

Students plan to meet at the Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City and march to the Salt Palace, where the GOP debate is scheduled to take place.