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Trump: ‘It’s an honor’ to meet with victims, first responders

President-elect Donald Trump addresses the media at The Schottenstein Center on Dec. 8. Credit: Nick Roll | Campus Editor

President-elect Donald Trump addresses the media at The Schottenstein Center on Dec. 8. Credit: Nick Roll | Campus Editor

Thursday afternoon, President-elect Donald Trump met privately at the Schottenstein Center with victims of the Nov. 28 attack on campus that left about a dozen in the hospital, as well as their families and the first responders. It was not clear how many victims were present. At least one, professor emeritus William Clark, told The Columbus Dispatch that he would not be attending.

The attack was carried out with a knife and car by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a third-year in logistics management. Artan was shot and killed by a University Police officer who responded to the incident.

Trump said it was an honor to be in Ohio and meet with the victims and first responders. He did not take questions from the media following his brief statement. University President Michael Drake met briefly with Trump in a separate meeting, and Drake also met with the victims separately, said Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey. University Police Chief Craig Stone was present at the meeting between Trump and the victims’ families.

“It’s an honor to be here,” Trump said. “These were really brave people, amazing people. The police and first responders did an incredible job. One young gentleman was incredible, I got to meet him. The families have done so well, to come through this so well.”

Protesters were present outside the Schott before the visit, where they chanted and held signs in opposition to Trump and his coming to OSU, as well as the openly carrying protesters who marched through campus on Monday.

“He was supposed to come today to address victims of the attack, and while that’s a noble act of him to do, I don’t believe that he is concerned about issues that act of the root of these sorts of problems,” said Megan Fuerst, a fourth-year in environment, economy, development and sustainability.

Fuerst listed mental health and “sensible gun reform” as issues that need to be addressed to stop violent attacks on college campuses and schools.

She also accused Trump of running a campaign based on “hate and xenophobia,” pointing to a post he made on Twitter following the attack saying Artan should not have been allowed into the U.S.

“I would never condone acts of violence, and it’s totally wrong, what (Artan) did, but the fact that (Trump) said he shouldn’t be here based off his ethnicity is completely wrong,” Fuerst said. “Not one individual from any group can represent a whole religion.”

The protesters dispersed at around 2:30 p.m., when they marched to a teach-in at University Hall focused on teaching in stressful times, such as the days and weeks following the attack.

Trump also offered condolences for John Glenn, a former astronaut and U.S. senator from Ohio who died on Thursday.

“To me, he was a great American hero,” Trump said. “I met him on two separate occasions, liked him, always liked him. He was indeed an American hero.”

Clarification, 12/9: A quote referring to Artan as a “legal citizen” was removed from an earlier version of this story. As a refugee, he was a legal resident, though there is no indication he became a citizen.

 

10 comments

  1. Yay vice peddler in chief I wonder if he brought his escort service wifey along. Go USA!

  2. Artan was not a citizen. Words mean things and if you want to be a reporter, you should get your facts straight. He was a legal resident and that is not the same thing as a citizen. Secondly, he was a terrorist sympathizer.

    “Minutes before carrying out the attack on November 28, Artan reportedly warned in a post on Facebook that Muslims would not cease conducting “lone wolf attacks” until America gave “peace to the Muslims.” In addition to referring to Anwar al-Awlaki as “hero,” Artan expressed his desire to “use a billion infidels in retribution…” and warned that he had reached a “boiling point.”* Artan reportedly called on the United States to make peace with “dawla in al sham”—purportedly referring to ISIS—or else face continued lone wolf attacks.* ISIS sympathizers on Twitter and Telegram celebrated the attack using the hashtag #OhioAttack in Arabic, and referred to Artan as “brother.”

    Quit lionizing this piece of human debris at the behest of your Marxist professors, of which OSU has plenty, particularly in the English department. Do some critical thinking, afterall, that is what college is supposed to teach you. You’re nothing but minds full of mush being sculpted into slavish Marxist sympathizers.

    • Great point about Artan being a legal resident and not a citizen. Thanks for this. Not too keen on the Marxism digression though.
      Peace.

      • Yes a great point indeed how Megan Fuerst misinformed many with her statement that Artan was a legal citizen. People really need to do their research before spouting off to the media. And maybe a more important question is why didn’t The Lantern reinforce a fact by stating that Artan was a legal resident (i.e., granted the right to live in the United States and also in this case go to school at our great university).

        This guy would have been deported back to his country and given up his right to live in the U.S. if they found what he posted on Facebook in time.

      • Actually, technically, the reporter did not claim that Artan was a citizen. He quoted a student, named Megan Fuerst, who said the following:

        “(Artan) was a legal citizen. I would never condone acts of violence, and it’s totally wrong, what he did, but the fact that (Trump) said he shouldn’t be here based off his ethnicity is completely wrong,” Fuerst said. “Not one individual from any group can represent a whole religion.”

        By the way Ms Fuerst, there is nothing wrong with limiting immigrants from regions that have tendencies towards terror, especially since it is impossible to vet people from their chaotic countries. You have to weigh what benefits the American people. We are better off without refugees from Somalia and Syria. Sorry, but this is the cold hard truth.

        The student also said that -“mental health and “sensible gun reform” as issues that need to be addressed to stop violent attacks on college campuses and schools.”

        Of course, this student had a car and a knife and a devotion to radical islam. And, the only thing that stopped the attack was an officer with a gun. So, why is she blubbering about mental health and gun control??

        How would or could a student with three years at a fine school like OSU be so misinformed??

    • Go away alt-right creepshow

      Wow….And who are you concerned citizen?

  3. Bill C,

    Thanks for saying all that do I don’t have to. Note that the citizenship reference was a quote, and should have been left as said, BUT, the reporter should have stated the truth shortly after the quote to maintain integrity.

    I consider this shoddy reporting, especially since enough time has passed and the details are known now. The editor should have caught this. Sad state of affairs in the media education department. …

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