Samuel Crankshaw An American Civil Liberties Union staffer criticized a university in Kentucky for admitting Conservative Student Nicholas Sandmann

ACLU official criticizes Transylvania University for accepting 'provocateur in training' Nicholas Sandmann as a student weeks after Covington teen spoke at Republican convention

  • Nicholas Sandmann, 17, was accepted to Transylvania University in Lexington 
  • Samuel Crankshaw, a staffer for the ACLU, said it's a 'stain' on the university 
  • He called Sandmann a 'provocateur in training' who 'exists only to troll' 
  • An assistant professor at TU suggested he would closely monitor Sandmann 
  • But the professor, Dr. Avery Tompkins, later apologized for the comment 
  • Sandmann is former Covington Catholic student who spoke at RNC last month 
  • In 2019, he was filmed standing opposite Native American at Lincoln Memorial 
  • Video went viral as Sandmann was accused of racism toward Nathan Phillips 
  • But Phillips, Sandmann said they sought to defuse tensions among other groups 
  • Sandmann sued several news organizations for defamation, including CNN 
  • He reached confidential settlements with CNN and The Washington Post


Sam is a native of Winchester, KY. He got involved with politics at a young age, canvassing for a candidate for the first time at the age of 9. In his free time, Sam enjoys biking, running, spending time with his 3-legged dog, painting, drawing, photography, and watching whatever the hot new binge show is.

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