Throwback Thursday: For today’s Throwback Thursday segment, ATPR is rewinding back in time to March 5th, 2016. On that day, David Earl Williams III, an independent congressional candidate affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois, published a press release urging people to sign a petition to the University of Illinois at Chicago urging the university administration to cancel a scheduled Donald Trump rally (Trump’s campaign ultimately cancelled Trump’s speech the day it was it was supposed to be delivered due to protests outside the speaking venue). From DewForCongress.com:
Dear Fellow American & faculty staff at University of Illinois at Chicago,
While my Democratic opponent is obsessing over women’s body parts and taking selfies with the Stanley Cup, and the Republican is out having coffee with her elitist friends on the North shore– I’m here to address a growing concern within our country.
It has been brought to my attention from some of my supporters that businessman, television personality and the GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trumpwishes to hold a rally at your fine university.
This will be held at the UIC Pavilion at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016.
After observing the activities of Mr. Trump’s rallies all over the country, there seems to be a constant theme of hate and dangerous intolerance.
Many of these victims at the rallies were students, Women and Minorities.
UIC just so happens to be the home of acceptances when it comes to a diverse student body.
Let me start off by saying, I’m not against the 1st amendment.
As American’s we have a right to freedom of speech.
This is guaranteed by our creator, and enforced in the U.S Constitution.
For those of us paying attention, we’ve seen Mr. Trump exercise his 1st amendment right – from the calls for mass deportation; Mexican’s are killers and rapists, keeping Muslims out of the U.S., restricting the internet, using the NSA to spy on Americans,Pope Francis “a stupid weakling”, attacking Women and refusing to denounce the KKK.
If UIC is going to allow Donald Trump to speak on their property, then you might as allow the KKK to do the same.
This of course would result in a decrease in the student enrollment, be an insult, and an lack of responsibility to the student body at UIC.
As the PEOPLE – we also have the right according to the first amendment, “to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”
I, along with many, am calling for the Trump rally on March 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. to be cancelled.
(Click below to sign petition)
Please set the precedent that UIC is an institution of higher education that welcomes diverse individuals to expand their horizons; not a place to promote hatred and ignorance.
David Earl Williams III