Academia/Politics

Univ. of Fla. student body president facing impeachment for inviting Donald Trump Jr. to campus

The president of the University of Florida’s student body is reportedly facing removal from office after inviting the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., to campus in October.

That comes as Donald Jr.’s father, President Donald Trump, is also facing impeachment over allegations of nefarious dealings with the government of Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the University of Florida’s Student Senate introduced an impeachment resolution against student body President Michael Murphy. The resolution accuses Murphy of abuse of power and having “colluded” to spend $50.000 in student fees to bring the president’s oldest son to the campus on Oct. 10.



Student senators point to email correspondence between Murphy and Caroline Wren, a Trump 2020 campaign consultant, via her personal email. It contained the Trump Victory Log, which she said was a mistake.

The senators say the email is proof that Murphy violated a rule that bans the use of student funds for a “political party at any level.”

“By using student fees to advance his own expressed political beliefs at the expense of the … Student Government writ large, Mr. Murphy not only endangered students marginalized by the speakers’ white nationalist supporters, but also abused his power to advance a particular political party at the expense of the students he should represent,” the impeachment resolution reads.

Murphy denied the allegations in an interview with school newspaper the Independent Florida Alligator.

He said that the speech was a speaking event, and that it was not affiliated with the president’s reelection campaign so it didn’t violate the any rules.

The senators argued by pointing to Don Jr. and his girlfriend, Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, who enthusiastically shared their support for the president.




They also said Guilfoyle noted that President Trump was doing “so much for our country” and he “has the balls to stand up for what’s right.”

She also lashed out at liberal protestors, saying, “I bet your parents are so proud of you.”

“These are well-known campaign surrogates traveling the country for a political candidate,” Bobby Mermer, co-president of Graduate Assistants United at the University of Florida told to The Washington Post in October. He added:

“We would be opposed to the ACCENT bureau using student fees to fund any candidates — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, it doesn’t matter. Have the campaigns or private funds pay for it, not mandatory student fees,” he added.

Murphy accused the student senators of having a political bias against President Trump. He also said he turned down a Sanders campaign speech because it was clearly political and related to his 2020 Democratic presidential nomination bid.

Two-thirds of senators would have to vote in favor of ousting Murphy. If they do, he would then be temporarily suspended as a senate trial commences.

It would take an affirmative vote by three-fourths of them upon the trial’s conclusion to successfully remove Murphy from office.

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