Bryn Mawr student says she stopped after spot for the backing Asset

Andi Moritz, 18. (Andi Moritz)

A young woman says that anti-Trump bullies at a prestigious women’s liberal arts college forced her to drop out of the school.

The eighteen-year-old Andi Moritz told Saturday, the spotlight began when she went to Bryn Mawr College the ride share Facebook page in September to find another student to help her knock on doors for Donald Trump.

“It didn’t hit me at first, because it was only one person to be negative,” Moritz said. “That’s not that big of a deal. It was then the negative comments started, and I saw a lot of people ‘like’ this comment and it gave me the feeling that I was not welcome to Bryn Mawr.”

“No one has the right to an opinion of intolerance. 0 tolerance for fascists!” was a comment on her Facebook request for a ride.

“You want to go campaign for a man who has systematically suppressed all ethnic/racial groups and not to mention the LGBTQIA+ community and many others,” was another.

“Why y’all do this free labour for white supremacists tho’, was a third.

“I can understand that you don’t like someone politically, but things get too far when you don’t want the person because of their political support,” she said

Moritz said they worked hard to get into Bryn Mawr, and was a first-year student.

The night of her ride-share post, co-freshmen on her floor gathered to discuss the issue.

Moritz, who is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, says she deleted the post after the meeting and the following day called the campus suicide hotline.

“I just need someone to talk to,” she said. She said that she has battled depression in high school.

Two days after the call, she dropped out after she spoke to her parents.

“I let myself realize that I was not happy and Bryn Mawr was not a good fit,” she said.

She says she now works full-time at an animal shelter and is happy.

Moritz said she was a Trump supporter the course of time, attracted by his views on terrorism, national security and gun rights.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that the Bryn Mawr sophomore Anna Garguilo wrote about Moritz for a journalism class blog a few weeks ago.

Garguilo told the newspaper Moritz not subject to such “bullying” just because of her beliefs. They said that they faced ridicule of Bryn Mawr students for the telling of Moritz’s story, but has no regrets.

Bryn Mawr gave The Applicant a statement after being asked about Moritz.

“The freedom of expression can lead to a heated debate on campuses, and the Bryn Mawr campus is not immune to the polarization of views that characterized the campaign,” the statement said, according to the paper. “Ad hominem attacks have no place in this discussion and do nothing to help us to learn or better understand each other. We continue to strive to be a place that both affirms the freedom of expression and promote civil discourse.”

The Author of the article says that a number of students who responded to Moritz’ ride-share request with critical remarks were also approached.

The paper reported that the students do not return calls or declined to comment.

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