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NYCUDL Program Director Aubrey Semple Interviewed on Trump’s boycott of FOX News GOP debate


NEW YORK — Whether it's Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, Felix and Oscar, or Archie Bunker... well against everyone, New Yorkers love to get their point across by dishing out verbal jabs — and this time it's towards the Trump.

"It's inappropriate for a New York to back down because we're boisterous people," Ava Rosegreen said.

To walk away from a debate like Manhattan real estate mogul and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is doing for the upcoming one on Thursday, hosted by FOX News, is nonsense, people are saying. On the contrary, a debate is embraced

"I think original New Yorkers do not back down and they fight for a parking spot, they fight for a spot on the train, 7 years-old or 70," native New Yorker Robert said.

To put it simply, people in the city just don't take any bull.

"It's not the New York way," is what people continuous said to PIX11 News when asked about Trump's no show.

"New Yorkers are used to fighting in various levels including argumentative strategy, debate," Aubrey Semple, the Programming Director for the New York City Urban Debate League, said.

Semple has coached hundreds of students and has seen several of them receive national recognition and awards. He said he understands firsthand why Donald Trump is not taking the stage for the highly-anticipated FOX News debate in Iowa. In fact, he has seen some of his students pull out for the same reasons: confidence and strategy.

"If you are high in the polls consistently ranking high, why would you rock the boat? But at the same time, perception is key. If you are a big player and you are expected to be at the front lines and you are not there that sends a message that something weak is going on," Semple said.

While many, including those that work on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 47th Street, are waiting to see how things play out, Semple said that he is using Thursday night's potential boycott by Trump as a teachable moment for his students.

"It means that there is a consequence to the action that is made and that if your are going to stand out, you better have a strategic justification as to why you are making that decision because everyone is watching," Semple said.

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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