“We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students’ free expression from whatever end of the political spectrum it may come”.
“We invite Jeff Sessions to practice what he preaches and face our questions on his department’s policies”, Phillips said.
They have all kinds of ways to express their own opinions, but I think every American, no matter what their views on the issues, should stand for America, should salute the flag.
Sessions said it’s clear there is a bias against conservative speech on college campuses. Sessions said on Wednesday. “We need open robust debate on college campuses”. “Those principles are trampled upon by Attorney General sessions, in particular, and Donald Trump”, she said.
The former Alabama senator said President Donald Trump is “exactly right” in his heated criticism of the protests, adding that the National Football League should make standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner” a formal rule. Law school auditoriums have only so many cramped, uncomfortable, subtly-graffitied seats to go around.
“We are deeply disappointed in Georgetown Law’s invitation process to AG Session’s free speech talk”.
Protesters, including faculty members, lined up outside the attorney general’s event at Georgetown, at one point dropping to one knee, a reference to the growing NFL National Anthem protests. Comey resumed his speech after about 10 minutes, saying, “I love the enthusiasm of the young folks, I just wish they would understand what a conversation is”.
He took specific issue with college administrators who sought to prohibit speech in advance if there is even a threat that such speech will be met with protest – a concept known as the “heckler’s veto”.
He called on institutions of higher learning to “intellectually push back” against students and others who ‘think they have a right to block somebody else’s beliefs and the expression of those beliefs’.
“I do”, Sessions responded. No one needed counseling, ‘ Sessions snarked.
The “Antifa” mob and other protesters managed to stop an appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at a Berkeley “Free Speech Week” in February.
In March, a Middlebury College professor was hospitalized after protests outside the speech of a conservative political scientist.
Sessions has a strong interest in First Amendment protection and has discussed publicly remarking on university turbulence for months, according to a source familiar with the speech.
“We condemn the hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech”, members of the Georgetown Law Center said in a statement. “It’s the irony of him coming here”.
In a statement Tuesday, Emanuel said his administration would “fight the Trump Justice Department’s unlawful attack on Chicago’s values any time, any place, because we are on the right side morally and the right side legally”.
“He was happy. He feels like he’s clearly winning that exchange”, the person said. 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.
The Georgetown law campus has hosted a number of big names in the past week.