UNC leaders, students denounce violent anti-Trump flier

Posted February 16
Updated February 17

— Administrators and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have condemned a flier posted on campus Thursday that appears to encourage violence against supporters of President Donald Trump.

The flier had a caricature of someone setting fire to a hat with Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and someone hitting a person with a swastika tattoo over the head with a bat. "If You See Something, Do Something," stated the flier, and image of which spread rapidly on social media.

"I definitely think it’s wrong," UNC senior Catherine Mulqueen said. "It’s also disappointing because it makes, I think it makes, people who are opposed to Trump look bad. It kind of fuels the fire of saying that, like, people opposed to Trump are just as bad or just as violent or just as racist."

Will Rierson, administrative vice chairman of UNC College Republicans, said he had no qualms about the flier as long as it was just a picture and not actions.

"We have tough skin. We’re a minority on college campuses. You can say whatever you want to as long as you don’t make a real and credible threat. I’m perfectly fine with whatever your political viewpoints are," Rierson said.

Chancellor Carol Folt said campus officials were taking the matter seriously.

"The flyer and its message are the antithesis of the values that are the foundation of our University. It is not designed to spark civil discourse or encourage thoughtful debate. Its intentions are to incite violence, and there is no place for that here or in our society," Folt said in a statement.

Rierson said he was pleased to see Folt swiftly denouncing the flier.

"Our university thinks that free speech should be for everyone," he said. "Students that support Trump should able to go around, wear T-shirts, wear hats and discuss things here on campus."

Senior Harry Wasnak said he found the flier to be less offensive than some of the president's comments disparaging immigrants, minorities and women.

"Our president has said some really morally questionable things that we’ve condoned," Wasnak said. "All things considered, this is nothing. This is people making a mountain out of a mole hill."


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  • Tim Blanchard Feb 17, 2017
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    This is from the school that has fake classes

  • David Lisle Feb 17, 2017
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    There is way too much to say here. Had anyone in the last 8 years posted a KKK hooded figure depicting ex-president Obama as the target, Eric Holder and the entire US judicial system would rally in Chapel Hill. The attorney general and minions would cordon off the entire community until every culprit was rounded up and prosecuted to the fullest extent, It would be branded the biggest hate crime ring ever encountered. The Trump team will barely register this on their radar. I do not remember this amount of pure hatred against Obama

  • Ben Hill Feb 17, 2017
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    Liberal thinking is an oxymoron these days.

  • Rhonda Arthur Feb 17, 2017
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    Wow. Calling for violence against Trump supporters doesn't get neatly the bad rap as it would had this been the opposite. There would be calls for prosecution for hate crimes. Where's the outcry?? Hypocrites

  • Mike Trekker Feb 17, 2017
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    As a UNC alum, I can tell you liberals and leftists are ignorant. One, they do not know the traditional definition of fascism. Pick-up an Oxford Dictionary before 1980, and compare it to one now.

    To assign labels to supporters of President Trump as being fascists or Nazi's is hate speech and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Further, if these hate mongers are students they should be expelled from the University.

    To even make that distinction shows a high level of ignorance and hate. It does point out why one of our US Representatives, Mark Walker did express fear for his children, due to reprisals by the left, and their willingness to invoke violence. The American left is now essentially provoking a civil war against Anglo-Saxon, protestant America.

  • Vince DiSena Feb 17, 2017
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    Do not tolerate snot nose brats that have zero real life experience.

  • Kiara Babel Feb 17, 2017
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    Tolerate liberal thinking.