Graduating students from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana walk out of the ceremony during the commencement address by the US vice-president Mike Pence. As the former Indiana governor begins to speak, about a dozen graduates and their families silently stand up and leave.
Pence was chosen to give the commencement address at the nation’s most prominent Catholic university — even though the school ordinarily invites newly inaugurated presidents to give the address in their first year of office. Thousands of students and faculty members signed a petition asking Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, not to invite President Trump, and the university chose instead to invite Pence, a former Indiana governor.
A coalition of student activist groups at Notre Dame called We StaND For planned a walkout to protest policies Pence pursued as governor that they say targeted the most vulnerable. Pence was planning to seek reelection as governor when Trump selected him to be his vice presidential running mate in the summer of 2016, but Pence was unpopular at the time in his own state and many thought he would lose his reelection bid. Organizers of the Notre Dame protest said they wanted to voice their objections to policies advocated by Pence as part of the Trump administration and while he was governor, including a proposal to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries that has so far been blocked in courts.
“The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values,” undergraduate Xitlaly Estrada was quoted as saying in a statement from We Stand For ND, a group that helped organize the walk-out. As you’ll hear in the video, the entire crowd at the graduation starts booing these students. The crowd clearly was in support of Pence and felt these students were disrespectful.
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— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) May 21, 2017
Here is a wider angle. It is actually a very small group who walked out. It is hilarious to see this backfire in these kids faces. Mike Pence kept talking and didn’t miss a beat!
— Summer Ratcliff (@SummerRatcliff) May 21, 2017
These snowflakes need to learn to listen to people they disagree with. They can’t just go home to mommy every time their feelings get hurt. That’s not how the real world works!