Protests at Michael Johns' speech in Rockefeller Hall on Tuesday evening. (Cameron Pollack / Sun Photography Editor)

Students Protest Michael Johns Lecture

Barred from entry, about 15 students gathered outside Rockefeller Hall on Tuesday to protest a private lecture by Tea Party leader and former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, Michael Johns. Cornell Political Union announced on Monday that the event — titled “Trumpism Can Make America Great Again” — would be closed to the public after Cornell Police told the union it either had to pay $2,000 in security fees, cancel the event or make it private because of security concerns, according to Troy LeCaire ’17, the group’s president. Johns is a co-founder and a leader of the Tea Party movement and has notably served as speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush. His endorsement of President Donald J. Trump and outspoken conservative statements have sparked controversy in the political sphere. Read The Sun’s coverage:

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Michael Johns, co-founder of the Tea Party, after his speech in Rockefeller Hall on Tuesday Evening. (Cameron Pollack / Sun Photography Editor)

Controversial Cornell Political Union Event Turns Private After Protests

Michael Johns spoke at an event on Tuesday hosted by Cornell Political Union — a bipartisan group that invites lecturers to speak on political topics — in a lecture, titled “Trumpism Can Make America Great Again.” The event, although originally intended to be public, was made private per advice from Cornell University Police Department and was open only to Union members and selected invited guests. The event, although originally intended to be public, was recently made private per advice from Cornell University Police Department and is now open only to Union members and selected invited guests. The location of the lecture has been kept private and undisclosed even to attendees until only hours before the event. Johns is a co-founder and a leader of the Tea Party movement and has notably served as speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush.