After an surprising public backlash when Vice President Pence was tapped as graduation speaker, a Taylor College pupil began an “I Like Mike” marketing campaign to indicate the overwhelming majority on the small Christian school in rural Indiana help the state’s former governor.
David Muselman, 20, a freshman finance main from Berne, instructed Fox Information he began the marketing campaign as a result of he could not imagine the backlash after the college introduced Pence could be talking at its Could 18 graduation.
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Some upset college students and alumni launched a petition to have Pence’s invitation rescinded, saying they felt “personally attacked” and had been “bodily shaking.” Critics mentioned college students would “really feel unsafe at their very own commencement.”
The backlash acquired nationwide headlines.
Taylor College college students Sam Bartu, 20, David Muselman, 20, and Billy Potter, 19. Muselman, within the center, began the “I Like Mike” marketing campaign to indicate the vast majority of Taylor helps Vice President Mike Pence.
(Courtesy of David Muselman)
“My complete motive behind promoting these ‘I Like Mike’ T-shirts was to inform the world that an enormous majority of campus was thrilled at Taylor’s resolution,” Muselman mentioned. “The silent majority is in full-fledged help, whereas a really, very small minority shouldn’t be supportive.”
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Paul Lowell Haines, the president of Taylor, praised the vp as a “good pal to the college over a few years,” and “a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we attempt to instill in our graduates.”
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The college stands by its resolution to characteristic Pence as its commencement speaker.
“Since making the announcement of Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming graduation speech, we’ve acquired suggestions from individuals on both aspect of the difficulty,” mentioned Taylor College spokesman James Garringer. “Taylor College is an intentional Christian neighborhood that strives to encourage optimistic, respectful and significant dialogue.”
A handful of the scholars who purchased “I Like Mike” t-shirts from freshman pupil, David Muselman, to indicate their help for Vice President Mike Pence forward of his graduation speech later this month.
(Courtesy of David Muselman)
Muselman mentioned he rapidly bought out of T-shirts, which the scholars wore to chapel on Could three and lots of mentioned they plan to put on them a couple of extra instances earlier than Pence’s speech later this month.
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“After sporting my shirt, individuals from throughout campus – college students, college, upkeep staff, and so forth. – have all mentioned they find it irresistible and are in help of Vice President Pence,” Muselman added. “Taylor likes Mike!”