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Former Obama Aide Turned College President: ‘I Oppose Free Speech On College Campuses’

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Barack Obama’s legacy will continue to haunt the nation for a good while to come.

This will be the case until Obamacare is repealed and replaced, and until former Obama administration aides are no longer saying silly things in defense of quite arguably the worst president America has ever seen.

Check out how a former Obama admin appointee who became a college president feels about free speech on campus…

From The Blaze:

David R. Harris — president of Union College in New York and an appointee in the administration of former President Barack Obama — stated in an Inside Higher Ed essay last week, “I oppose free speech on college campuses.”

From the essay, Harris writes:

Free speech, in its purest form, is an exercise in what is achieved when a person yells a view and then leaves, after which someone with an opposing perspective does the same. The speakers do not grow as a result of the experience, and the audience has no opportunity to probe the opposing points of view. Such an exercise is guaranteed by the Constitution, and I wholeheartedly support the exercise of free speech in public spaces.

On campuses, however, we must strive for something more than free speech. Our mission requires that we seek what I refer to as constructive engagement. It is not enough for individuals to speak freely. We must also find myriad ways to put a range of views into conversation with one another. It is what we do in classrooms every day. It is what we do on debate teams. It is what happens across every campus, far more than critics appreciate. It is what happens in the lives of college students much more frequently than in the lives of most adults, in part because college campuses and social networks tend to be more diverse than “real world” neighborhoods and social clubs.

This sounds like exactly what someone from the Obama administration would say.

President Trump gave a rousing speech at CPAC that had conservatives cheering.

One quote about signing a new executive order on free speech, though, sent a stark warning to liberal American colleges.

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.

Trump: “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. Instead we believe in free speech, including online and including on campus.

Trump: “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.

Trump sent this tweet back in February:

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

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