Trump made a big announcement at CPAC – he’s going to tackle free speech on college campuses.
From the Hill:
President Trump announced Saturday he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants.
“We reject oppressive speech codes, censorship, political correctness and every other attempt by the hard left to stop people from challenging ridiculous and dangerous ideas. These ideas are dangerous,” Trump said. “Instead we believe in free speech, including online and including on campus.”
That is remarkable. Clearly this is a problem but I’m not sure that an executive order is the exact solution. I want to look at what constitutional experts say about this, especially conservatives and civil liberties people, before I make up my mind though.
“Today I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research grants.”
The announcement came after he brought Hayden Williams on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Williams is a conservative activist who was punched in the face at the University of California at Berkeley last month while assisting the university’s chapter of the right-wing group Turning Point USA.
Trump threatened that refusing to abide by the executive order would impose a heavy cost on their budgets.
“If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak. Free speech. If they don’t, it will be very costly,” he warned.
If that’s all he’s doing, that seems pretty reasonable.
This is exactly how liberalism is biting liberals in the butt – they demand all these government handouts, but then forget that it means the fed can push them around. And they don’t like it when suddenly a Republican is in control of all that moolah….
President Donald Trump invites Hayden Williams — who was violently attacked on campus last month at UC Berkeley — on stage to talk at CPAC pic.twitter.com/JdkfN2kRAk— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 2, 2019