RNC starting 'Make Campus Great Again' initiative to mobilize Trump supporters

RNC starting 'Make Campus Great Again' initiative to mobilize Trump supporters
© Greg Nash

The Republican National Committee (RNC) started a college-focused program entitled "Make Campus Great Again" to excite and mobilize young supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE.

The initiative aims to motivate young voters to keep turning out for elections and to protest against repression of conservative opinion on campuses, The Associated Press reported.

"Make Campus Great Again" launched in Ohio at four schools and will move to other swing states, with sessions planned for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Denver and for college Republicans in Michigan, The Associated Press reported.

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“The RNC and our joint ‘Trump Victory’ operation launched ‘Make Campus Great Again’ to give students the support and resources they need to stand up and speak up," RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told The Hill. "When it comes to issues college students care about, like securing a job after graduation, the choice is clear: a booming economy under President Trump or a government takeover of every aspect of their lives under Democrat leadership.”

Akron, Ohio, hosted the first session with more than 50 students from northeastern Ohio universities attending. The sessions provide pizza, campaign buttons, drink insulators and training for attendees, according to the news wire.

The GOP is looking outside its standard base to younger voters, a group that usually turns out for the Democratic Party. Last year, 67 percent of voters between 18 and 21 years old voted for Democratic House candidates, compared to 31 percent voting for Republican House candidates, according to AP VoteCast.

An increased number of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2018 primary, but traditionally this age range does not show up to voting booths when compared to older voters.