30 Black students were escorted out of a Donald Trump rally by Secret Service agents Monday night. The students were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at the rally, which was held in the school they pay tuition to attend. The agents who removed the students, said the presidential candidate requested they be removed before he began speaking.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” said a tearful Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, who was among the Valdosta State University students who was removed. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded in an email Monday night denying that the students were kicked out “at the request of the candidate.”
“There is no truth to this whatsoever,” Hicks said, adding that “the campaign had no knowledge of this incident.”
Trump has been heckled regularly by protesters at his campaign rallies, but tensions have increased after he came under fire on Sunday for not condemning support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke during a CNN interview broadcast.