Members of Fordham University College Republicans appear to have cried wolf on a student-run coffee shop when they went with Make America Great Again hats to ‘test the unwritten rule’ of conservative discrimination.
Rodrigue’s Coffee House’s ‘President’ can be seen on video telling the group members that they needed to leave the shop on the Bronx campus in five minutes.
‘This says nothing about supporting political identities. This says nothing about politics and you have no right to do this’ a member of the College Republicans tells the President after she tells them that they need to leave, in a video posted Friday.
‘I am protecting my customers,’ the president added to which the cameraman retorts that they are customers.
She responds by claiming that she doesn’t want people like that supporting the club and ‘no one here wants people like you supporting our club.’
The mostly white male members of the College Republicans then start asking for refunds as one of their members waves to the camera and laughs.
The woman – with assistance from the background – retorts: ‘you had some coffee… do not try to outsmart me.’
Michael Esposito, 19, then ask to take a picture of the policy as the president then points out that they now have four minutes and ask them to pack their items and leave.
‘You are trying to be threatening, why are you trying to be threatening,’ said the student.
‘You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard—you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,’ the Coffee shop boss added.
‘You have to take it off or you have to go.’
Speaking with Campus Reform, a member of the College Republicans claimed that the whole encounter was staged by the group to attempt to see what would happen if they went into the space.
‘We went there because we wanted to test the unwritten rule that conservatives were banned from that coffee shop,’ he said.
‘We went there and just started doing some homework and studying. Then we were asked to leave.
But on Fox News, College Republican member Aaron Spring, 20, told Martha MacCallum that the group going to the coffee shop to harass the policy was not the intention when she asked if they went to provoke the group.
‘We were just a couple friends going to get coffee, having a talk,’ he added. Spring can be seen in the video wearing a star tie and american flag hat while listening to the other College Republican member speak.
And while there seems to be confusion among the College Republicans as to why they decided to go to the coffee shop, the attempted gaslighting by the group did not go unnoticed by students in the school, with many rallying behind the coffee shop.
Fordham Students United, an ‘intersectional coalition of student leaders, activists, faculty & alumni’, condemned the demonstration and claimed that the gang of College Republicans tried to pull a ‘stunt.’
‘FSU stands with Rodrigue’s Coffee House and its community after this ridiculous smear campaign,’ the collective said in a statement on Saturday night.
‘A club having a safer space policy simply means that all people inside the space are held to the same standard of respect. Being conservative is not a violation of their safe space policy.
‘On the other hand, ten to fifteen people wearing MAGA hats and recording themselves walking into a building with the intent of getting kicked out as part of a publicity stunt certainly is.’