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Columbia University made me vote for Donald Trump,' graduate of Ivy League school writes

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

"I’m voting for Trump and I couldn’t care less if that hurts your feelings," Benjamin Sweetwood declares.

"I understand that social justice warriors will call me a racist, sexist, bigot, and more," he continues in "Columbia University made me vote for Trump," a recent piece for the Tab. "Consider me unaffected."

Sweetwood — who on Friday told TheBlaze he majored in political science at the Ivy League school and graduated this past spring — adds in his essay he "started out as a nice boy" at Columbia: "I probably wouldn’t have supported Trump back then. But everywhere I turned with my moderate conservative opinions, I was made out to be an extremist and a bigot."

Indeed, he writes, "the left is a bunch of bullies."

"Often, fellow students would parse my words down to the syllables, checking for privilege and/or racism. I just wanted to get along, and they looked to divide. At every step of my educational career I was ostracized for my political views," he continues. "So, I just voiced my opinions louder."

Ironically Sweetwood notes that Columbia "gave me the willpower to stand alone in my beliefs. Now I’m honored to say: 'I’m With Him.'"

More from Sweetwood's piece:

Trump does not support the regressive left and their anti-intellectual spin on the reality of the world, turning hero to villain and vice versa. Nor does he give PC book-burning culture a damn second of his time. On the other hand, Hillary embraces the narratives of the regressive left, pandering to Black Lives Matter and other regressive movements that vilify the West as the world’s great evil.

These are some of the reasons I will be voting for Donald J. Trump on November 8th.

He also observes that the "left wing at Columbia and its social justice warriors spend their time calling themselves victims, defaming people they don’t like, and patting themselves on the back for solving phantom problems. And all the while they ignore true victims and refuse to even acknowledge many serious atrocities."

As an example, Sweetwood asks where the feminists from his political theory class are "when women across the world are brutalized by real oppressive societies? Nowhere."

And he adds that all the while, left-wing talking points such as “the evil West,” “the white male patriarchy,” and “racist police” are monikers he'll never embrace — and, for that matter, "Trump doesn’t give those narratives the time of day."

I remember when a student I worked with at Columbia lamented how racist her political science seminar was. “Why?” I asked. “Too white,” she responded, kind enough not to make my ignorance too obvious. Often she explained to me her plight of being in classes with “racists.” Of course, Columbia is teeming with those too, in every class. I learned from her that “racist” just means “anyone who disagrees with me.” This term is very convenient for left-wing students, there’s no need to use it sparingly.

So, while most of my fellow Ivy League conservatives virtue signal their way leftwards in a giant show of appreciation for themselves and in an effort to gain the affections of “the party of love,” I’m voting Trump. I want to do what I believe is right, not what will allow me the platform to bask in a cesspool of back-patting about the divine limits of my own morality.

You can read Sweetwood's entire piece in the Tab here.

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