April 15, 2016
For Immediate Release:
The Unfiltered Lens, the Community College of Rhode Island's Student Run Newspaper is reporting:
Former president, Bill Clinton, addressed a crowd yesterday at CCRI on behalf of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Prior to the Clinton speech, RI governor, Gina Raimondo, an ardent Hillary supporter, told the crowd, "Are we all ready to elect Hillary as our next president? Some students standing very near Lens writers responded with a resounding, NO! They were quickly met with a HRC staffer telling them to keep quiet, no booing, or they'd have to leave.
This wasn't the only incident.
After the event concluded, several students came to The Lens' office, saying they were met by HRC staffers also while quietly holding a "Bernie" sign in the crowd.
One student, Dante Carrasco, told The Lens he was just holding the sign when a suited man approached and informed him, "Either the sign has to go, or you do".
Two other students, Paul Moore and Brian Bowes, came forward to The Lens saying they had made a hand-written "Bernie" sign, taped it on a wall, only to watch HRC suited staffers quickly walk over and take it down. However, on the opposite side of where these students had placed their meager sign, a massive banner read, Rhode Island= Clinton Country.
Apparently, certain speech is tolerated only when comporting to the correct candidate.
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