In the Trump era, campus conservative groups are fighting one another - 2020-02-19
President Trump's fervent base of supporters is concentrated among whites over 50 years old, whites without college degrees and white evangelicals. But Trump also appeals to some (but not all) younger, more educated voters, many still in college — the cohort that is likely to lead conservatism in the future.
As it happens, different strains of right-leaning activism on college campuses are engaged in a bitter contest for domination. So, what's coming to the main stage of U.S. conservative politics in the coming years? Here's what you need to know.
The internal battles of campus conservatism have changed
During the 2016 election, several prominent chapters of the College Republicans denounced Trump's nomination. Many others chose not to formally endorse his candidacy. While these chapters are technically independent of the Republican Party, they usually maintain close ties with the local and state GOP — making the snubs significant.