Students at a public university in Illinois, the home state of arguably the most famous and influential president in American history – Abraham Lincoln – can only guess whether the 16th president was a Republican or a Democrat.
The video was filmed Friday near a historic building that’s part of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a structure that includes a plaque that labels Lincoln a Democrat. Installed in 1905, the plaque states: “This building is dedicated to public service honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln Democrat.”
Lincoln was a Republican.
The two-minute video shows a parade of students at the university who, when asked if Lincoln was a Republican or Democrat, hesitate, grin, turn sheepishly away from the camera, and say I don’t know. And when they take an educated guess, many answered Democrat, while some said Republican.
Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of the Illinois-based Turning Point USA, a nationwide young conservatives student movement, emceed the video. The nonprofit advocacy group vows to fight to reword the plaque.