According to the Des Moines Register, Secret Service agents escorted the students out of an auditorium at Valdosa State University on Monday afternoon, before the 6 p.m. event had even started. The order to remove the students, who had been relatively quiet up to that point, reportedly came from the candidate himself.
“We didn’t plan to do anything,” said Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old-student—not that the potential for a protest would be grounds for expulsion, anyway. “They said, ‘This is Trump’s property; it’s a private event.’ But I paid my tuition to be here.”
A spokesperson for his campaign denied that Trump made any express request to have the students taken out. Trump rallies are frequently interrupted by protesters, and typically Trump waits until after they’ve had their say to call for reprisals against them. Earlier Monday, reports emerged of a Secret Service agent at a separate Trump event choke-slamming a reporter.
Georgia is one of 13 states that will hold primaries or caucuses on Tuesday. Trump—who, over the weekend, refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan—is leading there, as he is in most of the Southern Super Tuesday states, by a sizable margin.