MSU fundraiser devolves into Trump-bashing 'carnival show'

  • A Thursday Michigan State University fundraising dinner descended into a Trump-hating fest.
  • The Republican speaker accused President Donald Trump of having an "undistilled reptilian brain."
  • A Democrat speaker also had some things to say about the president.

A speaker at a Michigan State University event slammed President Trump Thursday for having a “reptilian brain,” among other critisicms.

The 24th Annual Michigan Political Leadership Program Fundraising Dinner featured speakers from both sides. Patti Doyle, CNN affiliate and political commentator represented the Democrat side with ABC News affiliate and political strategist and analyst Alex Castellanos standing in for the right-leaning perspective. Attendees of the event included public policy students, legislators, lobbying groups, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. 

“Donald Trump lies...he has the undistilled reptilian brain."   

According to audio obtained by Campus Reform, Castellanos accused President Trump of being reptilian during the moderated question and answer period: "Donald Trump lies...he has the undistilled reptilian brain. It’s not the rational brain that likes policy. It’s not our emotional-social brain that gets along with people, it’s the reptilian brain.”

The audience had a mixed reaction with some legislators, Republican State Sen. Tom Barrett, and Republican State Rep. Matt Maddock leaving the event. Campus Reform counted about four to eight attendees that left. “I just got up and left,” Sen. Barrett told Campus Reform. “It became a competition of who hates Trump more. When called ‘reptilian,’ it’s an insult to the President and supporters, an insult to me.”

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“The governor gave a non-partisan speech,” the senator pointed out. "Then it went into carnival show."

Sen. Barrett spoke to Campus Reform about possible fallout from the event: “There is a consideration of lawmakers not to attend again."

Criticizing Trump remained a common theme throughout the rest of the event.

Democrats “are so angry at what Donald Trump is doing to our country,” Doyle said. 

Castellanos thought a great economy would hurt Trump’s 2020 chances, citing the “Churchill effect,” saying “why would Americans put up with Donald Trump and his personal failings if things were going OK?” Doyle briefly turned and gave Castellanos a puzzled look. Responding to another question, Doyle said that she did not think Trump would be impeached, but continued with “every thing this man touches is currently under investigation."

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The culmination of Trump’s alleged misdeeds led to Doyle saying that, according to The New York Times, “one of the reasons he wants to run again is because his legal issues and a sitting President can not be indicted.”

“Can you imagine someone who wants to be president of the United States just to stay out of jail?” she asked attendees.

“I think the comments from the event were counterproductive to fundraising and providing support for the program,” Aleks Oslapas, president of the MSU College Republicans, told Campus Reform

“I work within a bipartisan group myself and we make it very clear to speakers that our events are not a platform to attack the other side.”

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The Michigan Political Leadership Program Dinner helps fund the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) program which, each year, supports 24 interested public policy or political science students to familiarize them with the policy-making process. 

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Sergei Kelley is a Michigan Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. A senior at Michigan State University, he studies Fisheries and Wildlife and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He serves as the Chairman of the College Republicans at Michigan State, Special Adviser to MSU's TPUSA chapter, and Editor-in-Chief to the University's only conservative publication The Morning Watch. The publication has had several nationally referenced stories. A former representative in the student government; Associated Students of Michigan State University, he has spearheaded efforts to place mounted American and Spartan flags across campus, open elections for the executive board to the undergraduate body, increase financial transparency, and cut funding and taxes while fighting leftist legislation. In March 2018 he was awarded “Exemplary Representative of the Month.” He was also awarded Michigan Freedom Fund's "Freedom Fighter" award for November 2019.

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