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Patrick Henry College students, alumni plan protest during Mike Pence visit


A group of Patrick Henry College alumni and current students are planning a protest outside Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s visit to the small Christian college Saturday.

The planned protest underscores the Donald Trump campaign’s struggle to bring aboard what would typically be a friendly crowd for a Republican presidential nominee.

“We are a group of conservatives, libertarians and progressives – alumni and members of the Patrick Henry College community --- voicing our disapproval of Donald Trump for president,” said Timothy Weir, one of the organizers of the event and a recent graduate of PHC.

The protest is planned for a designated area on the Purcellville school’s campus around 3 p.m., which is when the Pence rally is slated to begin.

Weir said he is an independent who has voted for Republican candidates in the past, but Trump’s derogatory comments toward Muslim and Hispanic Americans are just a couple things that have soured him on this year's GOP nominee.

Michael Farris, a nationally prominent Christian conservative and the founder of Patrick Henry College, also counts himself in the “Never Trump” and “Never Clinton” crowd. Farris issued a statement on his Facebook page earlier this week.

“PHC allows its facilities to be used by civic and community groups. If the other party wants to rent the facility, we would equally accommodate that as well,” he said. “This has nothing to do with my personal views. I have made it abundantly clear that while I like Mike Pence a lot, I remain unwavering as both No Trump and No Clinton. But my personal views don't dictate the rules for use of PHC facilities. I will not attend the rally. After all, Saturday is my birthday.”

Farris did attend a packed Sen. Marco Rubio rally held at the school earlier this year.

Those interested in attending the Trump campaign event with Pence, the governor of Indiana
can register for tickets at DonaldJTrump.com.


Contact the writer at tbaratko@virginianewsgroup.com or on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.
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