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Some students at New York University are supporting Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.

But rather than being able to freely express their beliefs, these undergrads say they’ve had to keep their mouths shut to avoid facing ridicule from their liberal classmates – or worse.  

“Supporters generally try to keep it hidden from the rest of the student body,” Dylan Perera, a junior at NYU, told The New York Post.

“They’re afraid of losing friends, being ridiculed in class, getting worse grades and are even afraid of being assaulted and physically hurt.”

Perera, a computer science major, said another student became enraged when she asked about his political affiliation.

“She freaked out and started yelling and screaming in my face, calling me a racist and a fascist,” he told the newspaper. “It was impossible to even have a conversation.”

Discourse on campus has gotten so polarizing that some students have even lied about their beliefs in class. And a secret “word-of-mouth network” has formed for dozens of Trump supporters, said Perera.

“It’s really decentralized,” he explained. “Most people are too afraid to start an official group.”

Another student who wished to remain anonymous told the Post, “I’ve been too smart to paint a target on my head and take that kind of heat. It’s just not worth it.”

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