Over the last several years, Conservatives on College Campuses have faced silencing, undermining, protest, and assault. This week President Trump took a stand against the onslaught on behalf of Conservative students by signing an Executive Order specifically designed to protect their voices on College Campuses.
The Trump administration signed an executive order that will withhold federal research funding from Universities that fail to support free speech on College Campuses. The President announced the action while speaking at CPAC.
During the address, the President highlighted a student who was physically attacked because he recruited for a conservative organization while on campus at the University of California, Berkely. Hayden Williams, a Leadership Institute field representative, was punched multiple times by an unidentified person calling him a “racist…b*tch.” The Leadership Institute is Campus Reform’s parent organization.
At the time of the incident, the victim was helping students recruit other conservatives for Turning Point USA behind a table with a sign that read, “hate crime hoaxes hurt real victims,” a reference to the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.
During the altercation, the subject who attacked Williams stated that he would “shoot” Williams. U.C. Berkely police said that they had identified the suspect; however, the individual remains to be named. Further, the assault was posted to Social Media and has since gone viral.
Williams’ said that; “Some students nearby tabling were laughing, even one guy was smiling while I was being attacked and trying to hand me his flyer as a joke,” the alleged victim said. “The idea is free speech has consequences…. which include you getting assaulted if they find you promoting ideas others don’t agree with.”
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The assault is one of dozens of cases in recent years where Conservatives are being physically attacked for stating their point of view, something commonplace in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
President Trump’s executive order regarding the matter has placed college campuses in full ‘wait-and-see’ mode;
Trump’s direction gives pause to some of the staunchest supporters of free speech on campus, including the independent nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
“We are grateful for the recognition that there is a problem with censorship on campus. [But] we are in full wait-and-see mode with whether the purported cure will be any better than the malady,” said Will Creeley, FIRE’s senior vice president of legal and public advocacy. “The devil will truly be in the details here.”
Creely said FIRE believes issues of free speech should stay in the courts’ hands, rather than those of government officials who “do not necessarily understand the careful balance that courts have stuck in fashioning First Amendment doctrine.”
While Free Speech is guaranteed to everyone under the law, it is evident that institutions, much like the Media, have swung to one-sided debates and house the belief that any differing opinion regardless of facts is incorrect.