Colleges and Universities are bastions of leftist ideology, woke culture and political correctness, yet a pretty strong minority of students identify as Conservatives/Republicans (most often found at organizations such as College Republicans, Young Americans for Freedom, the Network of Enlightened Women, to name a few). As someone who served on the executive board of College Republicans, here’s a list of people we’ve all met at a College Republicans meeting.
The Establishment Republican
This student is a proud Republican, is not afraid to hide it and is most likely to be on the executive board of his or her university’s chapter. Most likely supported Marco Rubio or Jeb(!) Bush in the 2016 primary, but, at the end of the day, believes that, “Trump was actually not that bad.” Supports many of the Trump Administration policies (especially when it comes to the economy, and foreign policy), but has “issues with Trump’s rhetoric and Twitter use.” They’ve already started campaigning for Nikki Haley or Tim Scott’s 2024 campaign.
This person did not identify as a Republican or even a conservative before then-candidate Donald Trump walked down the escalator in Trump Tower on June 16 2015. According to the Trumper, “Trump was the best President America ever had” and any criticism of the President makes someone a “RINO.” They actively participated in the Trump campaign and believe that the 2020 election was stolen. They’re likely to believe in QAnon and other sorts of conspiracy theories and refuse to wear a facemask.
The Never Trumper
The opposite of the Trumper, and surprise, surprise, does not get along with the Trumper. They’ve never voted for the Trump-Pence ticket and have often been critical of the Trump administration. They wish that the GOP will move back to the Bush era, while the Never Trumper’s role models are Governors Larry Hogan, Charlie Baker and Phil Scott (as well as the previous two GOP Presidential candidates, Senators John McCain and Mitt Romney). The Never Trumper usually still votes for Republicans down the ballot and puts more of an emphasis on local than national politics.
The Alt Righter
Fortunately, this student rarely shows up to College Republicans meetings because College Republicans are “too cucked” for him (yes, this student is almost always a “he”). No one in their right mind wants to be associated with him. Used to like President Trump in the beginning but was “appalled by the President’s support of Israel.” Believes that COVID-19 is a hoax invented by George Soros and Bill Gates in order to enforce “mass microchipping through vaccination.”
This student does not always identify as a Republican but attends College Republicans meetings in hopes of finding like-minded people. They’re a huge fan of the Pauls, strongly oppose gun control and the Fed, and passionately speak they’re mind at meetings, most likely getting into arguments with “terrible neo cons.”
The Conservative International Student
This student is not eligible to vote in the United States, but, if they could, they would vote Republican. They may not completely agree with the GOP platform but prefer Republicans to Democrats. If their home country is a democracy, they support the mainstream right-wing party. If not, they never stop talking of the virtues of America and are hoping to stay in the US post-graduation.
The Open-Minded Democrat
Not everyone who disagrees with Republicans is a SJW. Many Democrats and other liberals are open to new ideas and are just interested in how Republicans think. Sometimes they are student journalists writing a piece for the school paper or other they are friends or significant others of the e-board and other members. They’re always pleasant and, even though they might disagree with what you say, they will always defend your right to do so.
Bonus: The SJW Interrupter.
Unfortunately, not everyone on the other side of the spectrum is like the open-minded Democrat. In fact, the only thing this person likes from the Democrats is “the squad.” This student (or non-student many times) doesn’t really show up to meetings, but rather at large events with popular guest speakers, trying to (unsuccessfully) shut down those speakers. They’ll call Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist,” Allen West an “Uncle Tom,” and Katie Pavlich a “vicious sexist.” They’ll equate everyone else mentioned in the previous categories with the execrable alt-righter, while parsing groups such as ANTIFA and ACAB.
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