Students at the University of Pennsylvania organized an event they called “Breathing Space” to help each other recover from the trauma of the election of Donald Trump. Similar events have taken place at colleges all across America but this one at an Ivy League school, no less, takes the cake.

A faculty director hosted the event and cleared the space of any television screens. Students were invited to be distracted from the news with coloring, crafts, snacks, and a small petting zoo. Daniel Tancredi spoke to The College Fix and gave them a glimpse from inside the event:

“There were actual cats and a puppy there. There were sheets of paper available with black and white printed designs on them for students to color in. Essentially they looked like pages from a coloring book that were printed from a computer. They all had positive feel-good messages on them. Students colored them in with colored pencils.

“For the most part, students just hung out and ate snacks and made small talk. Of course, that was in addition to coloring and playing with the animals. The election was mentioned a few times, though mostly in very timid and fearful tones. The event as a whole seemed to be an escape from the reality of the election results.”

If that isn’t pathetic enough, Tancredi said some Penn professors turned their classrooms into “safe spaces” and even canceled lessons and exams to further coddle the snowflakes. It’s not all that surprising at a campus that voted 3612-375 in favor of Hillary Clinton.

“Obviously the diversity at Penn is not diversity of opinion since the opinion of almost half the country is almost unaccounted for on campus,” Tancredi said. “I’m also worried for my fellow students. If the result of an election takes this much of a toll on their well-being, what is going to happen when they directly face difficulties in the real world?”

Tancredi then nails the root of the entire problem:

“In my opinion, the reaction of Penn’s students reveals that as a whole we have placed our faith and hope in the wrong things. Governments will fail us; they are not perfect. Perhaps we should reconsider our priorities.”

Whew! At least one student will emerge from college with his head on straight!

But for the rest: here’s to the Class of Two Thousand and Offended. May their futures as aromatherapists be less triggering than reading the Constitution.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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