The two women were not well-received on the historically black university campus.
The two girls were at Howard University this past weekend according to a post one of them (Allie Vandee) put on their Twitter account, where she proceeded to recount the events that occurred while they were walking around campus and getting lunch.
In the post, Vandee writes about how she and her friend Sarah experienced harassment for wearing their pro-Trump apparel, with someone even stealing Sarah’s hat (although it was later retrieved).
“It’s unfortunate that more Trump supporters have to fear going places than others,” Vandee wrote. “I will never be embarrassed for supporting Donald Trump. I will always support our president when, and wherever, I please.”
— al (@allie_vandee) August 19, 2017
A number of Howard students voiced their outrage at the two girls’ ignorance, and the university itself ultimately weighed in on the incident in a Twitter thread, defending their students’ actions.
Today, there were visitors on our campus who were wearing paraphernalia that showcased their political support. 1/10
— Howard University (@HowardU) August 20, 2017
“Today, there were visitors on our campus who were wearing paraphernalia that showcased their political support,” the message read. “This occurrence and the responses on social media that followed emphasize the need for and importance of human interaction. The recent events in Charlottesville are the latest examples of the deep divisions that exist in our country. Though this is an institution where freedom of thought, choice, and expression are ever-present, we will never compromise our values or allow others to convince us to do so…Howard students are not simply academically advanced, political activists, leaders, and mentors — Howard students represent all that is right about America.”
Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville has been one of many recent critiques he has been dealing with. Although he initially blamed both sides for what took place in Charlottesville, he then finally condemned white supremacists only to retract his statement and blame both sides once again.