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Penn State Conservatives Turn Out To Hear Trump Jr. at ‘Campus Clash’

The 'Campus Clash' stopped at Penn State on April 23, 2019. Host Charlie Kirk was joined by Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Penn State students and others filled a lecture hall at University Park Tuesday night to hear Donald Trump Jr. praise his father’s work as president and tell them the 2020 election is crucial.

“2020 should be a no-brainer. 2020 should be the easiest reelection in the history of the world. But, on paper that’s accurate, but it won’t be, because we’re not even close to a level playing field,” Trump said to applause and cheers.

The event was one stop on the national “Campus Clash” tour being held by Turning Point USA. Trump was joined by his girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle and Campus Clash host Charlie Kirk.

They railed against Democrats, the media and the idea of collusion with Russia, pointing to the findings of the Mueller Report. Their commentary and advice was largely met with cheers. But, a small group of hecklers was escorted out of the event early on.

Trump touted his father’s work, including the low unemployment rate, the economy overall and foreign policy. He took aim at the media, liberals and the “swamp” of Washington, D.C.

“We weren’t naïve going into this process. The swamp is big, the swamp is vicious. The swamp has gotten very rich over decades establishing themselves. They’re not just going to say, ‘Oh, we’re gone. I’ll see you later.’ They’re going to do everything they can to push back. It’s why 2020 is so important, because you need more time to chip away at that.”

Guilfoyle said under the Trump economy the students won’t have to live in their parents' homes after graduating.

“But now it’s record low unemployment for the person to your left, for the person to your right, you will get a job, and that’s under this president,” she said.

Nicholas Guzman, a freshman studying chemical engineering, was one of the Penn State students at the event.

“I was surprised to see so many conservatives, because we normally think that everybody’s liberal,” he said. “It’s really nice whenever we can see some conservative voices here that can kind of help out the students, because a lot of us do need someone that we feel represents us. And, I think that’s one of the things that gets people to come together.”

Anne Danahy is a reporter at WPSU. She was a reporter for nearly 12 years at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a number of awards for her coverage of issues including the impact of natural gas development on communities.