University Of Florida

Protest Of Ben Sasse, The Next President Of The University Of Florida Planned

A state survey recently revealed the University of Florida as the Sunshine State’s “most ideologically intolerant school.”

A state survey recently revealed the University of Florida as the Sunshine State’s “most ideologically intolerant school.”

Liberals at UF showed why on Friday.

According to The College Fix, a conservative news website, the College Democrats led an effort by several left-wing student groups to denounce the hiring of Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska as UF’s new president. That news wasn’t even 24 hours old before the tantrums started.

The Fix reported that a campus-wide protest is expected today, as Sasse is set to be in Gainesville to see what he got himself into.

The UF chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists said on Instagram about Sasse: “FUCH THE REPLACEMENT! Join us in protesting against the announcement of Dr. Ben Sasse as the sole finalist as UF’s next president.”

That was a play on the name of current UF President Kent Fuchs, who is retiring. His name is pronounced “fox.”

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The Fix also quoted a statement by the College Democrats, who asserted that Sasse will act “as a puppet” for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Senator Sasse is an outspoken anti-gun control, anti-choice, anti-academic freedom, and anti-LGBTQ+ politician. This selection does not reflect the diversity of our Gainesville and University of Florida community and blatantly harms the communities UF claims to value.”

“Political influence that dismantles academic freedom and actively attacks our student body has no place in our educational institutions. The University of Florida College Democrats strongly condemn the recommendation of Ben Sasse and will not stand for his approval,” the group added.

A petition was started Friday to force out Sasse. It claims the Nebraska senator holds “political views that do not align with the values that the students at the University of Florida hold. They are discriminatory and non-representative of our student population. As of Sunday night, 634 people had signed. 

It appears the title of “most ideologically intolerant school” is well earned.

In response to the hatred, liberals are stirring up and directing at Sasse, Matt Turner, president of the UF College Republicans chapter, told The Fix the protest was “being organized to oppose the senator without any reason other than the fact that he is a Republican.”

“Protesting somebody purely because there is an ‘R’ next to their name cuts directly against the principles of tolerance and merit-based evaluation that this university used to stand for,” Turner added. “The members of my organization have certainly felt this degradation, and it needs to end.”

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