Students at Georgetown University deemed a quote from Barack Obama to be racist because they thought it was said by Donald Trump.
Campus Reform reporter Cabot Phillips went to Georgetown University and asked students how they felt about the quote, which they near universally condemned.
The quote was from Obama’s 2014 address about immigration. He had said, “we are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security.”
The students were told the quote came from “a president,” but not which one. This lead them to believe it had been said by Trump.
“I think that policy comes from a place of white American nationalism,” one said, before another added, “Donald Trump has embraced this rhetoric of racism and xenophobia that’s not beneficial to our country at all.”
After the students provided their commentary about the quote, they were played the video of Obama saying it during his speech.
“I thought it was the Trump administration that said something like that,” one student said, another added, “I didn’t expect it to be Obama… it never occurred to me that it could be him.”