Kansas College Student Facing Campus Backlash for Using Term 'Illegal Aliens'
Michaela Todd rejecting calls to resign from student gov't.
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A Kansas college student is facing a major backlash on campus over a Facebook post in which she used the term "illegal aliens."
Michaela Todd, vice president of the student government at Emporia State University, wrote the post last week, listing reasons why she supported Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, including his views on illegal immigration.
"Put Kansas first, not illegal aliens," Todd wrote in the since-deleted post. "The millions of dollars spent on public welfare for illegal aliens in Kansas hurts Kansas taxpayers every single day."
On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Todd, who is now facing calls to resign from her position, said she is "very shocked" by the negative reaction to her Facebook post and outrage over her use of "illegal aliens."
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"I was very excited about saying who I supported. I wanted to encourage other people to go out and vote and to vote for Kobach," Todd said.
She noted that the term "illegal aliens" was part of Kobach's platform, and it's frequently used by officials in state and federal government.
"I wasn't trying to be derogatory or dehumanizing to anybody, so I've apologized and said it was never my intent to hurt anybody," Todd said.
Kobach, who was endorsed by President Trump, was defeated by Democratic State Sen. Laura Kelly.
As for the calls to resign, Todd said she plans to remain in her office and stick to her beliefs.
"I have also had a lot of students come out and support me in this when people were attacking me," Todd said. "These students are a lot like me. They are conservatives students, and they haven't felt like they've been able to voice what they believe in at Emporia State. And so I feel like backing down would be doing them a disservice."
Steve Doocy noted that Emporia State University has released a statement: “The university encouraged Associated Student Government to study the issue and determine appropriate next steps. Associated Student Government has resources at its disposal to make an informed decision, understand the ramifications of its actions, and plan a constructive path forward.”
Todd said the university is taking a "hands off" approach and allowing students to decide the next steps, which she said makes it "a very good learning experience for everybody involved."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.