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A West Des Moines woman has become the ire of the Internet after she was identified as the person who ripped the poster of a Donald Trump protester at a Cy-Hawk tailgate on Saturday.

Shelby Mueller, 20, was caught on video ripping an Iowa State student's sign that said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Mueller is heard saying she's going to rip a different sign that said "A vote for Trump is a vote for white supremacy."

"I'm going to take it down," she said to a friend in the video that has amassed more than 34,000 views since it was posted on Sept. 13. She then shrugs her shoulders, laughs and says a sarcastic "sorry" as she's approached by other protesters.

The student, identified by the Iowa State Daily as Jovani Rubio, was protesting Trump's comments on undocumented immigrants while the presidential candidate made an appearance prior to the game. In the video, Rubio does not react to the incident, but rather continues to hold his ripped sign.

Rubio, a senior in mechanical engineering, told the Register "I did not react, because I knew if I were to retaliate, it would only prove her right."

He later taped his sign back together, he said.

Mueller has been identified as a West Des Moines resident and is listed on the spring 2015 Dean's List at Mercy College. She did not return a call seeking comment and has since deleted all of her social media accounts.

Her name has become a hashtag on Twitter by people angry at what they called her racist actions.

On Monday, she released a statement to the student newspaper apologizing for her actions, calling it an "ignorant mistake." The statement says she also apologized directly to Rubio.

"I respect his belief and that we may have different beliefs on some things," she said. "This is something that got taken out of context and I never meant for anyone to get so upset about it. Everyone is entitled to their own belief, and I respect people who are strong in their beliefs, no matter what they may be."

It goes on to say that Trump's values do not align with hers and the incident has opened her mind "to the inequality of people throughout America."

Rubio said he knows the incident has received a lot of attention online, but he wants Mueller to know the negative comments have not come from him and his friends. He said he would like to speak with Mueller in person to educate her on the positive aspects of Latino culture.

After Mueller ripped Rubio's sign, he said, another woman scribbled on it with black marker. The other woman told him the scribbles meant "I love Trump," he said.

"I was really confused," Rubio said about both women's actions. "I was scared. I honestly was shaking. Ever since then, I do not feel comfortable at this university."

Iowa State University President Steven Leath issued a statement Tuesday saying: "These actions are deplorable and not consistent with the type of atmosphere the university seeks to maintain, one of respect even when opinions differ and emotions run high."

Leath's statement also clarified he does not endorse any presidential candidate, despite being seen in photos with Trump from the tailgate Saturday.

— Charly Haley contributed to this article

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