Students at Florida University are calling for boycotts after President Johnson’s visit
A group of Florida University students are calling on the school to stop Johnson’s trip to Washington, D.C. because they say he has “misguided” his mission.
On Tuesday, Johnson was scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, but he canceled the event after a group of students and faculty members called for a boycott.
The students and members of the Florida Students for Justice in Palestine (FSJAP) were joined by other groups of students, faculty and alumni, including students from the university’s College Republicans, to call for the president to boycott the trip.
“President Johnson’s recent visit to the White House was a disgraceful display of self-serving, destructive politics, and we urge him to cancel the trip,” the students and the members of FSLJAP said in a statement.
“As a university, Florida must be a safe place for all students to be and to learn.
The campus community should not be forced to choose between safety and academic freedom.”
The students and alumni of Florida have also demanded Johnson remove his name from the White, Blue and Gold, a logo used by the school’s basketball team.
The school said it will not use the name “because of concerns about a negative impact on our students’ feelings of being labeled terrorists.”
“We urge President Johnson to take action now to cancel his trip to D.D.,” the students wrote in the statement.
The group said Johnson should also “immediately withdraw from any future presidential campaign.”
Florida’s Republican Party is backing the students’ demands.
“This is a very dangerous, irresponsible, and destructive thing for the University of Florida to do,” Florida Republican Party Chairman Kevin Burch told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday.
“We are supporting the students on this issue.”
Johnson, the Republican nominee for president, is scheduled to meet with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, and he is scheduled on Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Johnson, who has criticized Iran and North Korea as well as President Trump, has been in office since 2001.