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WSU College Republicans President Resigns After Attending Charlottesville Rally

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The president of Washington State University’s College Republicans resigned Monday after attending the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.

James Allsup stepped down as president of WSU’s College Republicans chapter, but stated that he planned his resignation before the Charlottesville alt-right rally took place. WSU is speaking with students and alumni regarding Allsup’s future attendance at the school, according to KREM 2 News.

“Earlier today I notified the WSU [College Republicans] board I would expedite the pres. transition process which was already in thr [sic] works,” Allsup said on Twitter Monday. “This has been planned since before but the club’s VP has effectively assumed the presidency.”

Allsup denied any association between the school’s College Republicans chapter and the Charlottesville rally, stating that the group should receive no blame for any alleged actions taken there. He also denied an allegation made by an account dedicated to outing perceived racists, while speaking with KREM 2 News.

“Advocates for white nationalism, racial supremacy of any kind, and terrorism have no home in the Republican Party or anywhere else in America,” said Chandler Thornton, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, in a Monday statement obtained by KREM 2 News. The national chairman said that leaders of the organizations favoring these beliefs and activities should resign.

“Hate has no place at WSU,” WSU’s president Kirk Schulz said in a Monday statement. The school president noted that the school is hiring a new community, equity, and inclusive excellence associate vice president, and that WSU students are creating curriculum on equity and inclusion.

“If there were any investigations into a particular student, we wouldn’t be able to comment due to [Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act] restrictions,” WSU spokesman Matt Haugen told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Allsup told TheDCNF that he had planned to transfer power to the new president “for weeks.”

“If WSU made the very ill-advised decision to take punitive action against me, the civil rights lawsuit I would win against them would go down in history,” said the student to TheDCNF.

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