Two tales of Michael Knowles’ visit to Purdue
Daily Wire commentator played to his fan base, building on anti-trans, anti-‘lib’ comments, as protesters chanted outside. One building over, the LGBTQ community was built up by its own fan base
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TWO TALES OF MICHAEL KNOWLES’ VISIT TO PURDUE
Condemned by some on campus and speaking over an hour of unending chants of “trans hate kills” and “fuck off, Nazis” filtering in from just outside the Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom doors Thursday night, conservative commentator Michael Knowles played to an overflow crowd that gave him standing ovations weeks after he made headlines by insisting that “transgenderism must be eradicated.”
One building over, in the Stewart Center, hundreds of students and LGBTQ allies in the community spent the evening hanging out among bouquets of trans-friendly pink, white and blue balloons, making requests of DJs set up next to a bubble machine on Memorial Mall and filling the 1,000 seats at Loeb Playhouse for a drag show tied to counter-programming called a Block Party to Eradicate Transphobia.
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