University of Florida Student Body President Facing Impeachment for Having Trump Jr. Speak on Campus
The student body president at the University of Florida is facing calls for impeachment over having Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle speak on campus last month.
Michael C. Murphy was sent a formal impeachment resolution on Tuesday because he paid the couple $50,000 in publicly funded student activity fees for their appearance.
The resolution claims that he misappropriated the money to further his “own expressed political beliefs,” and endangered students who were “marginalized by the speakers’ white nationalist supporters.” It also claims that Murphy conspired with an official for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. The document was signed by approximately 100 students and alumni.
Those pushing for the impeachment claim that the law prohibits public funds being used to support political campaigns.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Murphy has maintained since before the event that it was not a campaign stop, even though the speeches focused mainly on the senior Trump’s success as president.
“No one disputes the fact that Michael Murphy is very well-connected,” Jarrod Rodriguez, treasurer of UF’s College Republicans group, told the newspaper. “I can’t fault him for using those connections to bring a speaker of that caliber to campus.”
The newspaper explained that “according to student government rules, Murphy will have the chance to present counter-evidence and testimony before half of the senate, which will take the initial vote on his impeachment.”
“If at least two-thirds of the group votes in favor, Murphy will be immediately suspended. Then the other half of the senate will take a final vote on whether to permanently remove him from office.”