Dismantle the Republican Club at Saint Mary's College

Dismantle the Republican Club at Saint Mary's College

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Carrie Steil started this petition to Saint Mary's College faculty and administration

We, students of Saint Mary’s College, call that the Republican Club here at SMC be dismantled immediately. Their club publicly supports Donald Trump, a man who continually endangers the lives of marginalized communities with his violent rhetoric. They are not a club that seeks for political change, but rather a club that seeks to support a white supremacist whose rhetoric led to the violent riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Elected officials and world leaders have condemned Donald Trump as a danger to democracy, and the Republican Club continues to provide unabashed support for Trump. Instead, they publicly condemn anti-fascists and civil rights activists. We are even more disturbed that they support these sentiments while using the image of the college for immunity.

The club has refused to condemn the attempted coup led by Trump supporters at the nation’s Capitol, and the material they have posted on their social media suggests that they condone the riots. They have clearly deviated from their purpose to uphold Republican values and have instead abandoned them in exchange for the white supremacist values of Donald Trump and his supporters.

The sentiments held by the Republican Club and the rhetoric that they use endangers BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students at Saint Mary’s College. If SMC truly wishes to be a safe space for their students, we ask that they reconsider the terms of the Republican Club’s status as an official club represented by Saint Mary’s College.

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