Penn State Prof Suggests Conservative Student Org Partly Responsible For Capitol Riot

Penn State Prof Suggests Conservative Student Org Partly Responsible For Capitol Riot


Asked by the Young Americans for Freedom chapter on his campus if he would act as an advisor for the group, a political professor at Penn State University (PSU) instead ripped YAF, seemingly blaming the organization for the breach at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Professor Pete Hatemi sent an email to Penn State’s YAF chapter saying, “Under no condition, would I support any group that has an implied or explicit support for Trump, racism, sexism, or indifference to democratic values, including peace, liberty, freedom, and justice for all peoples,” adding, “I question if your national organization has some responsibility for recent actions.”

After politely thanking Hatemi for his response, PSU YAF chairman John Stafford fired back:

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I find your response insulting, not only towards YAF, but the entirety of the conservative movement. … YAF is a 501(c)(3) organization, therefore it cannot and has not ever endorsed candidates/political parties. … Your suggestion that YAF somehow is responsible for the violence

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