As President Donald Trump is traveling overseas, Vice President Mike Pence is staying busy in the states. He gave a commencement speech for the University of Notre Dame filled with encouragement, faith, and family on Sunday. He told them, “The future is yours.”
Of course, unlike anything that would have ever happened to their precious Obama, a group of disrespectful graduates stood and walked out. What are they graduating here? Fifth grade? That certainly is NOT the attitude of a full grown adult who just earned a degree.
I understand that they may not agree with his politic or ideologies, but the utter disrespect is completely unacceptable. I would never even dream of walking out on the speaker of my graduation, even if it was someone that I loathed. That’s how mature adults handle things. They suck it up and move on with their life.
Pence didn’t acknowledge the planned walkout, in which dozens of students and family members reportedly left at the start of his speech and were booed.
But he alluded to clashes at campuses elsewhere that have derailed appearances by controversial speakers, such as conservative firebrand Ann Coulter at the University of California at Berkeley.
Pence stated, “This university (Notre Dame) is a vanguard of the freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas at a time, sadly, when free speech and civility are waning on campuses across America.”
He continued, “Just as Notre Dame has stood strong to protect its religious liberty, I’m proud that this president just took steps to ensure that this university and the Little Sisters of the Poor could not be forced to violate their consciences to fully participate in American civic life.”
He also praised Trump for his speech earlier in the day to the leaders of 50 Arab and Muslim nations earlier in the day in Saudi Arabia.
Pence said the president “spoke out against religious persecution of all people of all faiths and on the world stage he condemned, in his words, the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians.”
Earlier in the ceremony, valedictorian Caleb Joshua Pine urged a “stand against the scapegoating of Muslims” and criticized Trump’s push to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Cassandra Dimaro and her parents were among those who walked out. Dimaro told the South Bend Tribune that it was a show of solidarity “for those of us impacted by the policies of the Trump administration.”
“Notre Dame is exceptional,” Pence also said. “This university stands without apology for human freedom and the inherent dignity of every human person, and it holds fast to the faith that gave it birth.”
Do you think the students who walked out should face some kind of repercussion? Such as a fine to receive their diploma or something? Or do we chalk it up to it being within their rights, although tasteless and unclassy, and move on?
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