More than 100 students at the Notre Dame university started leaving a commencement speech that Vice President Mike Pence delivered, reveal local reports.
“It’s deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement in Notre Dame’s 175th year,” said Pence, as students started booing and eventually walked out of the event.
This spiteful act was organized by the liberal student organization WeStaNDFor, who started to organize the boycott after it was revealed that Pence will be the speaker back in March. The group stated that they do not approve of Pence’s stance on homosexuals’ rights, his disapproval of the Syrian refugee program, and the government’s raids against sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants.
The group stated that they do not approve of Pence’s stance on homosexuals’ rights, his disapproval of the Syrian refugee program, and the government’s raids against sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants.
The former president of the Notre Dame’s student body, Bryan Ricketts, was one of those who participated in the demonstration. He remarked that he was “upset and hurt” by the school’s decision to call Pence, who used to be the governor of the state, as President Trump and his “policies have impacted the humanity of certain graduates.”
During the speech at the Catholic university, Pence discussed the importance of religious freedom, lauding Donald Trump’s recent executive order protecting religious liberties and freedom of speech.
In his Speech, the Vice President delved on the significance of religious freedom, praising president Trump’s new executive action that shelters religious freedom and the freedom of speech.
The administrator of the university also lauded Mike Pence for the service he has done to Indiana and his new position as the second in command after President Trump.
“As vice president, Mike Pence has been a voice of balance, reason, and continuity,” he said. “He has played a critical role in shaping the domestic agenda and traveled the globe to reassure allies and show to foes his steady resolve. Even those who disagree with Mike Pence recognize him as a man of principle.”
At the beginning of this month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos went through something similar as students turned their backs to her during her commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University.
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