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A Pennsylvania university has been forced to delete a tweet that expressed support for conservative voices. The tweet enraged progressive students and the Penn State College of Liberal Arts caved and took it down.
“Dear students, each of you belong here,” the first sentence of the tweet read. The tweet continued to express support for different groups, including blacks, latinos, LGBTQ, jews and muslims. Therein was a statement that read, “Dear conservative students, your viewpoints are important.”
The outrage that statement caused forced the university to pull down the tweet.
While the tweet was deleted, there was some pushback from free speech advocates.
“All students should be welcomed regardless of anything that makes them different,” said Jordan Clark, a third-year student and president of the Penn State College Republicans, to local radio station, KDKA.
“It’s turned into an echo chamber where folks just want to hear their own point of view without consideration of others,” said Allegheny County Councilman Sam DeMarco, chairman of the Allegheny County Republican Party. “And it’s very disappointing what’s happening there and on other college campuses across the country.”