College Diversity Chair Resigns After Saying Trump Supporters ‘Not Welcome’

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A diversity chair at the University of Central Florida resigned after saying that supporters of President Donald Trump were “not welcome” on campus, according to a Monday report.

UCF student Grayson Lanza had acquired the student government’s diversity and outreach coordinator position in June, but student president Nick Larkins and vice president Cristina Barretto announced Monday that he had stepped down, according to Campus Reform.

Daniel Hanna, another UCF student, said that Lanza harangued them with words like “sexist” and “racist” when Hanna and friends were supporting Trump at UCF’s “free speech lawn” in October.

“And let today be a lesson to all;” Grayson said in a Facebook post referencing the rally, Campus Reform reported. “Trump supporters are not welcome on our campus.”

“Grayson is aware that as the diversity and outreach coordinator, he represents all students regardless of political affiliation,”said Larkins in a Facebook post Monday. “He has apologized for the lack of clarity in his comments and the issues this has produced.”

The student president went on to say that, while he stands by all of his cabinet members, Grayson decided to resign and Larkins accepted his resignation.

Lanza serves as campaign manager for Democrat Paul Chandler’s bid for Florida House District 44, communications director for Young Democrats of Orange County and secretary general for UCF’s United Nations chapter, according to the student’s LinkedIn. The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Grayson for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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