College Students ‘Fear’ Chick-fil-A on Pittsburgh Campus, Donald Trump Jr. Mocks Them
You would think that college students would applaud more dining options on campus, but sometimes scruples outweigh the desire to get a break from lame cafeteria food. Students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are protesting the opening of a Chick-fil-A on campus because of the Southern Baptist-owned fast-food company’s history of supporting anti-LGBT causes. The student government body has stated that they would “fear” for the safety of their LGBT peers if a Chick-fil-A opened on campus and are hoping to gather enough protest signatures to stop the project before it’s too late.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Duquesne University Student Senator Niko Martini told The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”
The student government association confirmed that they are “taking the matter very seriously.” However, an associate vice president of the university confirmed with Penn Live that although they met with the “small minority” of dissenting students, “the overwhelming majority of feedback we have received has been positive, and Chick-fil-A Express will open on campus in the fall.”
The student protest has even caught the attention of the Trump family. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a sarcastic response to the angry students, mocking their decision to protest the fried chicken restaurant’s imminent arrival on campus:
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 13, 2017
Chick-fil-A confirmed in a statement Thursday that “everyone is welcome in our restaurants.”