On Saturday, Campus Reform uploaded a video in which Media Director Cabot Phillips speaks with students at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
When Phillips asks the students their opinion on Trump sending troops to the southern border of the United States, their reaction is exactly what one would expect.
“I feel like it’s not justified ... it is like a totally uncalled for act of power,” one student said. Another student said she thinks the move “puts a bad light on America.”
A more radical student wondered, “where do [we] draw the line on who can be here or not?”
Yet another student stated that she doesn’t believe it’s okay to “send militarized troops to people who are coming in unarmed.”
Then Phillips flipped the script: “Did you know that President Obama did the exact same thing when he was president?” he asked.
The student who called Trump’s actions an “uncalled for act of power” simply replied, “Like...” followed by a lengthy pause. He eventually finished his thought, saying, “I don’t know anything about that, personally. So, the difference is definitely with publicity and like, false information.”
Two other students said they weren’t aware that Obama sent troops to the border, telling Phillips that it was “surprising,” and that they weren’t “up to date with politics.”
Another student walked around the question, saying, “When President Obama did it, I felt that there was, I suppose, different coverage as to what the intentions were. So I guess I would have to read up more about the intentions behind Trump’s versus the intentions behind Obama’s.”
It’s amazing how people can so quickly pivot from condemning Trump’s behavior to thoughtfully reacting to Obama’s.
Check out the entire video here: