Attorney General Jeff Sessions, decrying what he sees as political correctness run amok on college campuses, said Tuesday that the Justice Department will ramp up its support for students who sue universities claiming their free speech rights have been violated.
"It is extraordinarily hypocritical that AG Sessions wants to lecture future attorneys about the importance of free speech on campus while excluding the wider student body from his very own "safe space, '" said Daniel Blauser, president of the campus" chapter of the American Constitution Society.
When asked during a question and answer session afterwards if he was concerned that President Trump was condemning players for exercising their free speech rights, Sessions said that "the president has free speech rights too". University administrators, Sessions said, are letting protesters silence minority viewpoints.
Our nation would be better off if more people, starting with the president, listened to those with different views and tried to understand their thinking - not dismiss them out of hand.
We have a heritage of free speech.
Free speech on college campuses has become an issue of national interest following protests at University of California, Berkeley, where student groups invited conservative commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro.
"Freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack", Sessions said during a speech to Georgetown Law School.
Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department is weighing in on a lawsuit brought by college students in Georgia.
"Staring today, the Department of Justice will do its part in this work", Sessions said at an event hosted by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.
And he clobbered "Orwellian-named "anti-fascist" protesters" who have shut down conservative speakers through rioting.
The National Football League should have a formal rule that its players stand when the national anthem is being played or performed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.
Well, universities across the United States, hospital administrators and violent protesters have made it hard, sometimes impossible, for dissident students, those who disagree with the prevailing views, to say what they think in public.
A group of faculty members said that although they acknowledged Sessions right to speak, he was not the right person for the subject. Sessions mentioned the filing in his speech, adding that similar filings could be expected in "the weeks and months to come". They noted that Trump has seemed to comdemn free speech by criticizing professional athletes for protesting.
Sessions recalled a Middlebury College case in Vermont where student protesters physically assaulted debaters at a campus event, including an outside speaker and a professor. And Barnett and his organization, of course, are perfectly within their rights to designate a given event as invitation-only or otherwise limit access, particularly where, as here, demand is likely to quickly outpace supply.