Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Attorney General Jeff Sessions elaborated on the Department of Justice's initiative to take on public institutions that have placed limits on the freedom of speech.
However, it appears that it was Sessions-or, at least his campus sponsors-who was engaged in suppressing "robust debate" in the service of homogenous thought.
Mr. Sessions criticized universities that have formal conduct policies that he said stifle free speech.
After Sessions' remarks, professor Randy Barnett asked Sessions a few questions students had submitted ahead of the event, including one about the ongoing controversy of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. "In many ways these players, with all the assets they have, can express their political views without in effect denigrating the symbols of our nation". He then added, "it's not a contradiction".
In his address, Sessions focused on concerns about whether the rights of speakers on college campuses were being trampled by student protesters who find their views offensive.
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"Today, more than 130 Georgetown Law students were curtly disinvited after being told by the school that they had tickets", Daniel Blauser, Georgetown Law American Constitution Society President, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Sessions spoke at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, an academic institute that "offers a variety of programs on constitutional law and theory" with "special emphasis on how best to remain faithful to the Constitution's text". About 200 protesters gathered outside in university-designated "free speech zones", and some students complained they were excluded from the Sessions event.
Sessions' remarks come at a divisive time on college campuses. "In the wake of #TakeTheKnee, I find it not only disingenuous but nearly laughable that Attorney General Sessions or anyone from this administration could truthfully speak as an authority on protections of free speech".
Several students complained their invitations were rescinded after they registered for the event, including Ashton Hoselton and Melani Mennella - both second-year law students who were among those protesting outside.
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Sessions decried the actions of protesters, whom he referenced as part of an increasing "cottage industry" against free speech.
Specifically he spoke about a "frightening" incident at Middlebury College in Vermont, in which a guest speaker was invited to the school to debate with a professor.
It seemed like they were rescinding those invites because they didn't want any sort of hostile environment, and I can understand not wanting to have a violent environment, but that's not at all what we were trying to do.
"A national recommitment to free speech on campus and to ensuring First Amendment rights is long overdue". "Sessions is a key cabinet member in an administration headed by a President who spent last weekend denouncing athletes engaging in free expression and calling for them to be fired".
"He should be accountable to everyone in this country, let alone on this campus", she said.
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