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Trump takes campaign to Valdosta

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Olivier Douliery/TNS)

Written by Kenzie Kesselring, Opinions Editor

The Donald is coming to Valdosta.

On Monday, Feb. 29, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be holding a rally in the Valdosta State PE complex at 6 p.m.

The tickets to this event are free, but space is limited so it is recommended to reserve tickets online before the event, and the doors will open at 4 p.m.

A statement released by VSU on Monday morning made it clear that Trump coming to the school to use the facilities was in no way an endorsement from the school.

“This event is sponsored by Donald J. Trump for President Inc. The use of VSU’s facilities for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the university. The views of those invited to speak on campus are the views of the speaker and not of the university. VSU does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election,” said a press release from VSU.

However, the statement did not stop some students from organizing a protest in response to the candidate’s visit to campus.

The “Protest Trump at VSU” event was scheduled for Monday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. outside of the VSU PE Complex but event organizer Megan Crawford was told that no protests will be allowed on VSU’s campus or on the route the presidential candidate will take to campus.

The VSU Police department said that for the purpose of the event, the Trump campaign has rented the property and the area surrounding the property and there is no place that would all for pretests against the candidate at this time.

Crawford was told that her group has the option of protesting elsewhere if they wish, just not on VSU’s campus.

“I have to say I am very let down by a college who will not allow their students to protest someone who says such blatant and hateful things. It hardly seems legal, it definitely is sad,” said Crawford.

For tickets or more information about Trump’s rally, visit eventbrite.

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