Exactly one week ago, President Donald Trump visited East Carolina’s University campus for a reelection campaign rally where he primarily spoke about domestic issues such as tax cuts and unemployment rates along with several comments made to Democratic political affiliates.
Trump’s visit to ECU’s Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum was not sponsored or endorsed by the university as the facility was fully rented out for the event. The capacity of Minges Arena is 8,000, but the rally went over capacity and contained 10,000 people while more were waiting outside unable to enter the rally.
During the rally, upon the mention of Minnesota’s Democratic Representative, Ilhan Omar, a “send her back” chant erupted from the crowd, both inside and outside of the arena. The indeed racist chant which took place on the Pirates’ campus was not reflective of the student body the university represents.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, denounce the racist chants which took place in our own Minges Coliseum and recognize the majority of the crowd consisted not of ECU students but people who traveled to campus to see Trump speak.
The rally took place in the middle of summer, a time when many students are off campus. In fact, the majority of students left the city limits of Greenville for the duration of the May through August months.
People from all over the state of North Carolina, and beyond state lines, traveled explicitly to ECU’s campus to see Trump speak in Minges Coliseum. The majority of the rally-goers were middle-aged adults and not specifically students who are enrolled at ECU.