*Benedict College is hosting a three-day forum centered on the upcoming presidential election, and Donald Trump has been tapped to be a guest speaker for an event titled, “The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform.”
“We are excited for our students who will witness, first-hand, this historical bipartisan engagement,” Benedict College President Roslyn Artis wrote in a statement.
She said the event will show students “how the diversity of thought and positive social action work together in the democracy of our country.”
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Honored to have @realDonaldTrump as part of our bipartisan discussion on #CJReform! The President will be speaking on October 25 during a one day symposium on “The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform” as part of our #2019PJF. https://t.co/oClvC3sJN2
— 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center (@the2020club) October 18, 2019
According to The State, the college held off on announcing Trump’s involvement with the three-day forum in fear stakeholders and attendees would pull out of the event.
“Soon after learning the news that Trump planned to participate in the event, candidates were making it clear that they would also be using the venue to draw contrast between, and directly attack, Trump,” The State reported.
“HBCU funding is at historic levels,” White House deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley explained on Fox News. “This president has also set up opportunity zones in inner cities that have gone to lift all boats, especially those of African Americans whose wages have now increased.”
Meanwhile, a number of Democratic Presidential Candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, will also be attending the Benedict event on Saturday, Oct. 26.