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Donald Trump's young fans say they experience social rejection for expressing support.

By North America correspondent Conor Duffy.

At a plush hotel in Maryland thousands of young Trump supporters from all over America — many in T-shirts that read socialism sucks — are queuing up for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Here they are among the faithful, but back home they said it was a different story, particularly at university campuses where their fellow students are much more likely to support Bernie Sanders.

Adriana Conradson from Florida said her attempts to engage fellow students in debates about conservative values were not always welcome.

“I’ve been screamed at in grocery stores just for walking around with a Trump T-shirt on,” she said.

“It’s a little disheartening that people actually treat you that way for having different beliefs because I thought the other side of the aisle was all about tolerance, but apparently it’s not.”

Her friend Ajua Hyten from Las Vegas Nevada — a solidly Democratic city — also said it was hard to be a young Trump supporter.

“It’s definitely hard if you’re a minority — you’re constantly getting fought upon,” Ajua said.

She explained her struggle by using an analogy on the US political colour spectrum where blue is Democrat and red represents the Republican party.

“I’m from a blue [Democratic] state, you know purple bridges the two colours, so the only thing that helps me is being a minority, but people they’ll still just demonise you and say, ‘I can’t believe that you think that way’.”

Here at CPAC though Ajua, Adriana and their friends are cheered by Republican control of the White House, Congress and Senate.

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Ajua Hyten and Adriana Conradson feel being Trump supporters makes them a minority. (Image via ABC)
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And while many around the world protest against Mr Trump's policies, like his travel ban, these young conservatives are thrilled.

"I mean he said that he would crack down on immigration, he's done that. He said that he was going to try to repeal Obamacare, he's done that. He said that he was going to try to renegotiate the trade deals, he's done that. And I'm just proud," Ajua said.

"Our country has gone downhill over the last eight years and I feel better being an American," she said.

Adriana Conradson is also pleased with the administration.

"Yes I'm very proud, I'm excited to see his cabinet come together, very soon but I think he's done a great job so far," she said.

The young conservatives said the conference had left them energised and ready to return home to promote Mr Trump's policies.

Similar meetings of Mr Trump's opponents are taking place right across the country and the protests and division look sure to continue.

This post originally appeared on ABC News.


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