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President Donald J. Trump was scheduled to hold an event in Sioux Center on Jan. 5 at Dordt University in Sioux Center. That event, however, is no longer in the cards as a source told The Iowa Standard that Dordt Administration made the decision to cancel the event contract.

Dordt hosted an event that featured Congressperson Randy Feenstra, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy and Ryan Binkley earlier this month.

The Iowa Standard emailed Dordt for comment on Wednesday, but has not heard back as of publication. One individual told The Iowa Standard the university said it was Trump’s campaign that canceled, but a source told The Iowa Standard that is untrue and the cancellation was the result of a unilateral decision made by Dordt administration.

Dordt Chief of Staff and Dean of Chapel — a person called Aaron Baart — has been a public critical of Trump for the last seven years.

In June of 2016, Baart posted a photo of his children pretending to vomit with Trump Tower in the background. It was captioned:

“My children can’t vote yet but apparently their political sentiments are strong, judging by their visceral responses to this Chicago landmark.”

Because kids are in the photo, we will not publish it.

Baart, though, has spearheaded an effort to turn what was a traditionally conservative college into an ultra-liberal university.

FALLING AWAY: Dordt dean of chapel shares message – Burn cross and be a patriot, burn flag and be a criminal – welcome to Trump’s America

Baart is not the only Dordt-affiliated person who has taken on Trump:

FALLING AWAY: Dordt history prof says Trump is morally unfit for presidency, compares Trump’s America to Germany before Nazis took over

FALLING AWAY: ‘Christian who shills for secular Left,’ threatens Trump supporters speaks at Dordt

2020: Gender studies professor who blames ‘white evangelicals’ for ‘corrupting a faith’ and ‘fracturing a nation’ will speak at Dordt University

2020: FALLING AWAY – Dordt provides stage to Hatmaker, who said she believes same-sex relationships can be ‘holy’

FALLING AWAY: Dordt board of trustee member Mouw pens op-ed as ‘pro-life evangelical for Biden’

Faculty at Christian university in Iowa rewiring for diversity by reading author who said American church was built on white supremacy, reparations are due

Christian University puts transgender-affirming children’s book in library

UPDATE: Dordt University issued the following statement:

The Commit to Caucus Rally for Donald J. Trump has been rescheduled for the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center on January 5, 2024.

Each campaign cycle, Dordt University invites every presidential candidate in good standing with their political party (be it Republican, Independent, or Democrat) to have equal access to campus. Dordt maintains a neutral stance on political candidates and issues.

These events are intended to be educational in nature, including questions directly from Dordt students to the candidates. The Trump campaign started the process of lining up a campaign stop but desired a rally format. Dordt understood that President Trump’s visit would not be publicized until the format was finalized after the new year. Ultimately, the vision of the Trump campaign and Dordt were incongruent, and the event will not take place at the university.


  1. Elaine Wassink
    Dordt will “stand up against” unbelief about the same time you “stand up against” the theological liberals in your own immediate family. Which is to say, you won’t,so why would you expect unbelievers like Richard Mouw (“Mormons are my Brothers in Christ”), James Schaap (“Pope Francis and Mother Theresa are the true Christians”) and Aaron Baart (celebrator of abominations) to be disciplined by Dordt.

    Go on thinking people can be saved without believing in the penal substitutionary atonement; most of your own relatives reject it too.

    But there it is in the Bible over and over and over.

    So stop playing the hypocrite.


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