Monday, April 24, 2017
Even Liberals See The Trend To Refusing Conservatives The Right To Speak On Campuses As Bad.
Ann Coulter finds unlikely ally in powerful liberal politician after Berkeley cancels speech
Former presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) came to the defense of Ann Coulter (above) and said that he believes students who oppose different ideas show "intellectual weakness." (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter found an unlikely ally in Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over the weekend when the self-described democratic-socialist defended Coulter’s right to speak on a college campus.
“Given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues,” university officials said.
But Sanders doesn’t believe that what happened to Coulter is right. The former presidential candidate said Coulter should be allowed to speak on campus without “fear of violence or intimidation.”
“Obviously, Ann Coulter’s outrageous ― to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation,” he explained.
In recent years, students, mostly liberal and progressive in their politics and worldview, have organized in force to protest conservative speakers claiming that their “hate speech” shouldn’t be allowed on campus. Of course, the hate speech they refer to is hardly hateful and more often than not just an idea or opinion that the students disagree with.
Still, students have been determined to take whatever steps necessary to shut down speakers they disagree with and whom they deem bring “hate” to their campus. It’s all in the name of silencing “fascists,” the students claim.
But Sanders disagrees. He told the Huffington Post that it’s just a sign the students are intellectual lightweights.
“To me, it’s a sign of intellectual weakness,” he said. “If you can’t ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?”
“What are you afraid of — her ideas? Ask her the hard questions. Confront her intellectually,” Sanders said. “Booing people down, or intimidating people, or shutting down events, I don’t think that that works in any way.”