Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence has said he's a Christian more than anything else, but that did not stop him being met with a lackluster response from one of the most conservative Christian colleges in the United States recently.
Donald Trump's VP running mate delivered a campaign speech at Patrick Henry College, an evangelical Christian college in Northern Virginia on Saturday afternoon, where students welcomed the Hoosier governor with demonstrations outside the school campus and an extensively anti-Trump sentiment.
According to The Daily Beast, Pence tried to bolster support for Trump in a room filled with empty bleachers and a small crowd.
About 20 students and alumni held protest signs in the streets outside with the words "PHC is Not Trump Country," "Immigrants Make America Great," and "For Christ and Liberty, Not Bigotry And Idiocy."
Meanwhile, a group of students in the room where Pence delivered his speech was escorted out after they stood in silent protest and revealed their T-shirts that criticized Trump's anti-Islamic language.
"The rhetoric and policy positions alone create divisions but the racist, ableist, sexist and xenophobia are especially troubling from a presidential candidate," Zack Hoffman, an organizer of one of the student protests, told The Christian Post.
Hoffman concluded that the protests "went very well" considering the small turnout that resulted from a lack of media coverage on Pence's visit.
Christine McDonald, the spokesperson for the conservative college, said they considered protests and political rallies as "constitutionally protected speech" and that the school "don't just encourage our students to know their constitutional rights, we train them to exercise those rights winsomely and to engage purposefully."
Even Pence's memorable line "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republicanâ€”in that order" didn't interest the students much.
"I don't think that Mike Pence is a bad person, but I think he has made an alliance with someone who is completely unacceptable from a libertarian, conservative or progressive standpoint," Christian McGuire, a junior student studying American politics among the demonstrators outside the campus, told The Daily Beast.
Erin Lester, an alumni, said she joined the protests because she didn't want her name nor her conservative school to be associated with Trump and to be taken as among his conservative supporters or "Trump's dupes."