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Donald Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ hat spat caught on camera at Calgary university

Click to play video 'Just a hat or hate? Scuffle between Mount Royal students goes viral' Just a hat or hate? Scuffle between Mount Royal students goes viral
WATCH ABOVE: A confrontation between two Mount Royal students has gone viral. The video was captured after one of the students took offence to a hat the other was wearing in support of Donald Trump. As Sarah Offin reports, it’s proof the US federal election is also drawing strong emotions north of the border.

A video circulating on social media showing a confrontation between a female student and a male, Matt Linder, wearing a hat with the message, “Make America Great Again” has spurred a public response from Mount Royal University (MRU).

“We are aware of the post and will not comment on the specifics of this instance,” reads the statement posted online. “Mount Royal University respects individuals who exercise their constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression.”

The video, posted by Ian Soliterman, begins with the female approaching Linder wearing a red ballcap often found on Trump supporters in the United States.

A hat showing the message, “Make America Great Again” for sale on a Donald Trump merchandise site.
A hat showing the message, “Make America Great Again” for sale on a Donald Trump merchandise site. Shop Donald J. Trump website

The female student appears to take offence with the message, suggesting it promotes a hateful message of bigotry, racism and an anti-gay message.

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The video shows the two in a heated discussion.

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO BELOW: (Editor’s note: the following video contains profane language)

Click to play video 'Facebook video shows scuffle over Make America Great Again hat at Mount Royal University' Facebook video shows scuffle over Make America Great Again hat at Mount Royal University
Facebook video shows scuffle over Make America Great Again hat at Mount Royal University

People can be heard in the background of the video shouting various comments, including opinions promoting free speech.

At one point the female in the video threatens to go to university president David Docherty to try to force Linder to stop wearing the hat.

The video ends when another male starts to yell at the two, who are arguing. He appears to take the hat from Linder.

Global News contacted MRU to see if there is any sort of policy against wearing clothing in support of a political message. A spokesperson said the statements in the video do not reflect any MRU policy, as the university wholeheartedly believes in supporting freedom of expression.

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Facebook user ZoE SlusaR claims to be the female from the video posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday. In it she stands by her position to create safe spaces.

“I do want to state that I stand by my belief that every space, but especially university spaces, should be made to make everyone feel SAFE. We need to seriously change our culture. We need to equally support and express movements and gestures of inclusive acceptance.”

Global News has reached out to the female in the video and Linder but have not heard back by publication time.

Here is the full Facebook post from the woman responding to the video.