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UW Republicans stand up for police, Old Abe

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 15, 2020

By M.D. Kittle

The chairman of the socialist-indoctrinated student government at Wisconsin’s largest taxpayer-funded university wants to abolish the university police force and rip down a long-standing statue of Abraham Lincoln — the Great Emancipator — in the name of Black Lives Matter.

College Republicans of the University of Wisconsin-Madison are fighting back, circulating petitions to protect Old Abe and campus police.

“The UW-Madison student government has publicly called to abolish the University of Wisconsin Police Department and to tear down the iconic statue of Abraham Lincoln on Bascom Hill. They don’t speak for all of us,” states the UW GOP’s website. “Help us send a clear message of support to Chancellor Rebecca Blank for protecting, maintaining both the statue celebrating Abe Lincoln, and the UWPD.”

College Republicans also have called for the resignation of Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Chairman Matthew Mitnick.

Mitnick in a follow-up tweet claims ASM never advocated for defending or abolishing the University of Wisconsin Police Department, that the Student Council issued a vote of “No Confidence” in the department. ASM, he insists, voted to “stand up for BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) voices and elevate student concerns.”

But the chairman tweeted a link to a Letter to the Editor from the UW BIPOC Coalition and the Teaching Assistant Association appearing in The Badger Herald, with his caption stating, “@UWMadisonPolice needs to be defunded. And while we’re at it, let’s get them off campus entirely.”

As the student newspaper reported, the UWPD replied to Mitnick’s tweet with, “in our first two meetings with ASM leaders, @matthewmitnick_ told us more than once that it was not ASM’s aim to defund or abolish UWPD. This certainly goes against Matthew’s own stated position. [questioning emoji] #mixedmessages.”

Students, ASM members and other student organizations “expressed concerns” with the police department’s tweet. Apparently they felt triggered by an honest question of a student leader.

District 5 Dane County Supervisor and UW student Elena Haasl said the tweet was “an inappropriate display of power from the department.”

ASM member Sam Jorudd, who introduced ASM’s vote of no-confidence in UWPD, said in a statement to the Herald the tweet “shocked” him.

The college Republicans said their communications director, Keeley Collins, experienced real — not Woke — “hateful and misogynistic comments” from anonymous attendees of ASM’s forum on the ‘no confidence’ vote. The student GOP suspects some of the comments came from liberal ASM members.

“Many of these comments attacked Collins’ appearance, intellect, and made broad accusations about her positions on racial and LGBTQ+ policy,” UW College Republicans wrote in a statement.

Commenters apparently called Collins, who also serves as ASM Letters and Science representative, a “dumb blonde in real estate” and labeled her a racist.

“Through these hateful and misogynistic comments, the left continues to display that they believe a woman should only speak up when her opinions are in line with their agenda,” the Republicans wrote.

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