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YAF: Why Go to George Washington University If You’re Ashamed of the Founding Fathers?

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There are plenty of schools in Washington D.C. If you’re ashamed of America’s amazing history and founding, go to school somewhere else, YAF spokesperson Kara Zupkus said on the Todd Starnes Show.

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TODD STARNES: [00:00:01] I want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. Karen Zupkus is the spokesperson for Young Americans for Freedom and also a George Washington University alum. Kara, good to have you back with us. [00:00:13][12.1]

KARA ZUPKUS: [00:00:13] Yes, thank you for having me. [00:00:15][1.2]

STARNES: [00:00:15] So, Kara, as an alum of the school, what was your reaction to this news that came out this week that the Colonial’s going bye bye? [00:00:23][7.7]

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ZUPKUS [00:00:25] I mean, I was disgusted, but honestly, I wasn’t surprised, given kind of the path that George Washington University has gone down the past few years. They’ve really allowed the leftists on campus to basically become the administrators and run the school based on their own woke agenda. But I am very disappointed, you know, I did think that there was a good chance that that vocal minority could sway the opinion and hopefully kind of help to stop that cancel culture, but it looks like, sadly, they are going to have to find a new mascot. And I’m just hoping it’s not something like the Hippos, which has been the unofficial mascot for the last few years. Hopefully, at least it’s something still patriotic. [00:01:02][37.2]

STARNES: [00:01:03] Hippopotamus, like you’re talking about a hippopotamus. [00:01:05][1.8]

ZUPKUS: [00:01:06] Yes. There’s a statue on campus of a hippo. It’s like the unofficial mascot of G.W. so I’m hoping that they don’t choose that to replace the Colonial. [00:01:15][8.5]

STARNES: [00:01:16] So, Kara, here’s my issue here. I get it. The leftists, they get triggered by a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff. But it seems to me they would be more triggered by the name of the university as opposed to the actual mascot of the university. [00:01:29][13.3]

ZUPKUS: [00:01:31] Exactly. And I do think that this is going to kind of open the floodgates for that. We have seen kind of smaller voices already pushing for that on campus. But I think now that leftists are like okay, we got this done next. Let’s go for the name of the university. They’re absolutely going to try and probably change the name of the school. But what doesn’t make sense to me is why would you choose to attend George Washington University if you are ashamed of the amazing history of America and of our Founding Fathers? [00:01:57][26.1]

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STARNES: [00:01:58] it’s a great point. And again, it’s sort of like, you know, these kids going to the Christian schools and they get offended because, you know, they’re following the Catholic doctrine or the Baptist doctrine or whatnot. It makes no sense to me. [00:02:10][11.5]

ZUPKUS: [00:02:11] Exactly. I mean, there’s plenty of other schools in D.C. if that’s what they’re looking for. There’s really no reason to try and change an institution from what it’s founded on to meet your own woke agenda. It’s just mind boggling and it’s really sad. I think a lot of alumni are very upset about this, especially there’s a lot of prominent conservative movement alumni that went to George Washington University and hopefully the school will wake up when they realize that the donations are going to stop coming in because people are tired of this woke nonsense. [00:02:37][25.9]

STARNES: [00:02:37] Oh, absolutely. And that’s the key is to not only cancel, but explain why you’re canceling your donation. And and I think they’ll get the message. And if they don’t, they’ll have to, you know, shut their university down eventually. [00:02:49][12.4]

ZUPKUS: [00:02:51] Exactly. People need to put their money where their mouth is, show them that we’re not going to put up with it. And honestly, look to other alternatives. I mean, look to funding groups like YAF, which I work for Young Americas Foundation, that actually works to educate and inspire the next generation on what it means to be an American having the truth about history and not letting this woke, CRT, 1619 Project Nonsense Infiltrate the next generation of leaders. [00:03:13][22.4]

STARNES: [00:03:13] Is it getting worse on university campuses? Better? Have you been able to gauge that? [00:03:18][4.4]

ZUPKUS: [00:03:19] It’s definitely getting worse, I would say, over the last ten years or so. However, I think in the last year specifically what has happened is with all of the COVID lockdown learning and everything, people have become more aware of what’s happening in the classrooms. And we’ve been seeing groups like YAF, people like libs of Tik Tok exposing the indoctrination happening. So there is a little bit of a sway. I think those people in the middle, the more usually politically apathetic people who are kind of waking up and realizing, okay, the left has taken it a little bit too far this time with all of this nonsense that they’re pushing. So I think overall it’s still kind of disappointing and we are on a sad trajectory, but we do have a chance to kind of sway those people in the middle. [00:03:58][38.1]

STARNES: [00:03:59] So, Kara, a couple of our favorites. Our callers were just very excited about this story and more than willing to offer some help, they like the George Washington Brandon’s. [00:04:07][8.2]

ZUPKUS: [00:04:10] I love that! [00:04:10][0.4]

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STARNES: [00:04:10] Isn’t that a great one, you know, let’s go, Brandon. I mean, it just makes sense. And then the George Washington choppers, because, you know, Washington had the fake teeth. [00:04:18][8.4]

ZUPKUS: [00:04:20] Oh, that’s an interesting one, much better options than the hippos. I will say that much. [00:04:24][4.9]

STARNES: [00:04:25] There were a few others that we probably should not have said on the radio, so I won’t share those with you, but very clever. And so we’ll pay very close attention. Keep us updated, Kara. [00:04:36][10.3]

ZUPKUS: [00:04:37] Yes, I definitely well, thanks for having me on. [00:04:38][1.7]

STARNES:[00:04:38] Alright, Kara Zupkus from YAF. [00:04:38][0.0]

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