ORU students speak out about Trump's visit

Posted at 9:53 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 09:24:11-05

In less than 48 hours, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will be in Tulsa speaking to supporters at Oral Roberts University.

But not everybody is happy about the Republican's visit to the school.

Trump's visit to campus on Wednesday is a controversial subject among students. Some say they want people to know his views aren't shared by ORU.

“We don't think he's good for our country, so we don't want him at our school,” said ORU freshman Jasmine Hall.

For the past year, ORU has been home for Hall, and she says for good reason.

“All my professors pray before class, and I just love being in that environment,” she said.

But as the Mabee Center prepares for the Republican frontrunner, Hall makes up a growing portion of the student body that's saying Trump isn't welcome.

“He's kind of self-consumed and interested in money and his self-image, and that's not the kind of thing we want ORU to portray,” said Hill.

A petition is circulating following the announcement last week. So far, it has nearly six hundred signatures saying Trump doesn't stand for ORU values. But many say this is an opportunity of a lifetime for the school.

“It's bringing a lot of publicity to the school, and I think having any type of presidential candidate at the school, Democrat or Republican, is a plus,” said Gloria Nelson.

Nelson attends ORU and isn't a Trump supporter. But she thinks the Republican has just as much right to be here as Ted Cruz and his other political counterparts.

“Every candidate should have the freedom to say what they think is right or just have the opportunity to be here. I don't think it's fair to host one and not the other,” said Nelson.

But for the hundreds of students who are saying no thank you to the candidate, they hope their message is clear.

“ORU has always been this great place just full of amazing people and the Holy Spirit and I just think it deserves better,” said Hall.

Trump is scheduled to speak at the Mabee Center Wednesday at noon.

The event is free, but registration is required. If you want to register, click here

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