Washington State University College Republicans Are Trying to Build a Campus Wall to ‘Own the Libs Mercilessly’

The College Republicans group at Washington State University is attempting to build their own version of President Donald Trump's border wall on their own campus in an attempt to "own the libs mercilessly."

The Washington State Cougars chapter of the College Republicans increased its notoriety, numbers and the campus free speech debates in October 2016 after they erected an 8-foot plywood wall with the word "TRUMP" written in gold spray paint. The chapter's president, Amir Rezamand, has been seeking $2,500 to "Build the Wall: 10 Feet Higher" on a GoFundMe created in October of this year.

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 3 The College Republicans group at Washington State University is attempting to build its own version of President Donald Trump’s border wall on their own campus in an attempt to “own the libs mercilessly.” Screenshot: Amir Rezamand/WSU College Republicans Facebook

The group's plan is to hold a sequel to that demonstration, which drew a large amount of counterprotesters and Hillary Clinton supporters to WSU's Glenn Terrell Mall, The Spokesman-Review noted in 2016.

"We engaged in debates and tried to raise awareness of the issue of illegal immigration and border security," reads the GoFundMe page, which only has $615 from 10 people in the past month. "This event ended up drawing literally thousands of people and made it on national news. Two years later and under new management, it's time for the WSUCR to once again take up the mantle and defend the rights of our people, the sovereignty of our country, and the importance of our border."

But as the page seeking donations claims, the young GOP backers are looking to build this year's wall "10 feet higher." This references a comeback then-Republican candidate Trump said at a presidential debate after being told Mexico would never pay for such a border wall. 

"[B]uilding a wall (10 feet higher this time) and paying for the various security and fees necessary to make this event as safe as possible and also own the libs mercilessly is no small task. We ask for your help; any and all donations can go a long way towards making this event a massive success and spreading conservative values on our campus and every campus in the country!" the GoFundMe description continued. 

Rezamand clarified to Newsweek Tuesday evening the demonstration is intended "to reinvigorate debate on the issues of illegal immigration, our immigration system and border security as a whole." 

He said the College Republicans group meets several times each month in-person and members have been "super excited" about the planned event and were disappointed to hear about pushback against the demonstration. Rezamand agreed with other members that "membership swells" with each major event similar to the building of the campus wall. Although he had several items about "sh*t-posting" on his Facebook page, Rezamand said the College Republicans are putting a lot of planning into an event that has potential to be a "powerful recruiting aspect."

Update: The GoFundMe page has gathered about $200 more toward its goal since this article first published Tuesday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 4 The College Republicans group at Washington State University said their chapter meetings swelled in attendance after their Trump border wall publicity stunt.  Screenshot: College Republicans WSU

In 2017, a College Republicans member at WSU told The Spokesman-Review their chapter meetings swelled in attendance after their Trump border wall publicity stunt. “I originally was skeptical of the wall idea because I knew the disruption it would cause, and I’m not a very provocative person...but it was kind of around that time that I had to make a choice about the wall and my support for Trump.”

About five hours away at the University of Washington in Seattle, the College Republicans chapter sparked controversy in October after holding a #Beers4Brett event in honor of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Kavanaugh, who was later confirmed onto the SCOTUS bench, repeatedly denied sexual assault allegations and claimed he and his college friends simply loved beer.

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