Sessions: NFL Kneelers Made 'Big Mistake,' Defends Trump

The Department of Justice will begin involving itself in lawsuits regarding the free speech rights of college students, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington on Tuesday.

During his talk, Sessions railed against what is known as the heckler's veto, where a person asserting their free-speech rights is silenced because hecklers reacting to the speech became violent. The university is about the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor.

They posed the questions they had prepared for Sessions through a megaphone and later "took a knee", a symbolic gesture made famous by NFL players during the national anthem at football games as an act of protest against police brutality and racial inequality.

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.

Such speech codes and zones have been the subject of many challenges by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which Sessions cited in his remarks. He then added, "it's not a contradiction".

According to former student (and current executive director of Rise to Run, an organization that encourages young progressive women to run for office) Helen Brosnan, Sessions spoke today, per his office, on the topic of colleges becoming an "echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos". "We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students' free expression".

With the impending threat that other campuses' speech policies might come under Justice Department scrutiny, universities may be compelled to come up with solutions sooner rather than later, Mr. Paulson said.

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SESSIONS: We have too much suppression of free and open speech on college campuses today.

Some of the roughly 100 protesters who gathered outside Georgetown's law school wore duct tape over their mouths. Sessions also asserted that universities cancelling speeches over potential violence or controversy have created "a cottage industry of protestors who have quickly learned that school administrators will capitulate to their demands". In the Georgia case, a student at Gwinnett College sued to challenge a requirement that allows protests and demonstrations only in two small areas on campus for no more than 18 hours a week.

A day earlier, more than 30 faculty members released a statement condemning what they called the hypocrisy of inviting a member of the Trump administration to speak about free speech.

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'.

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. Some held signs denouncing racism, censorship and U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to rescind "DACA", the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that shields immigrants who were brought to the United State as children.

"We pay a ton of tuition", she said.

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