Did You Know That It’s Literally a Federal Crime to Protest Donald Trump Now?

Free speech doesn’t apply at these events because protests are considered “knowingly impeding or disrupting the orderly conduct” of an “official function.”

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We all know that there’s a number of anti-Trump groups out there, that enjoy rallying against the Republican front runner. Donald Trump‘s questionable remarks has landed him in the hot seat with many, far and wide, that all come together for one cause: to oppose him.

Trump is indeed one of the most controversial presidential candidates in the last decade, which a few notable moments include: taunting protesters; not condemning former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke’s comments; and too many more radical statements made to name.

Earlier this week, a Trump rally at Valdosta State University in Georgia made national news when a handful of black students were escorted out before the rally even started. Although the Trump campaign has denied allegations that the students were kicked out, a video recorded by a witness has surfaced, suggesting that his campaign had asked law enforcement — and then Secret Service — to remove them from the building.

“All I know is, the Trump staff has asked—they’re the ones that rented the building today…and they’ve asked that you be removed from the property,” the officer says in the video. When a woman asks why they’ve been singled out, the officer replies, “I don’t know; the staff called us.”


The Valdosta State University students pleaded with the officials — while being directed away from the rally — that they weren’t being disruptive and that their right to free speech was violated.

A personal letter to the community by Dr. Cecil P. Staton, interim president of the university, refuted these claims by stating that the “current federal law (H.R. 347) does not allow for protesting of any type in an area under protection by the Secret Service.” She’s actually right, as Intercept notes:

“When the federal law on trespass was quietly amended—it is a crime, punishable by up to a year in prison, to “knowingly impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions” in locations guarded by the Secret Service, including places where individuals under Secret Service protection are temporarily located—the revised statute made it “easier for the government to criminalize protest.”

Basically, since Trump has assigned the Secret Service to watch protect him, it’s literally a federal crime punishable up to 10 years in prison to protest at his campaign rallies. Free speech doesn’t apply at these events because protests are considered “knowingly impeding or disrupting the orderly conduct” of an “official function.”

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