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Sessions: We Need To “Push Back” Constriction of Free Speech On College Campuses

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show to talk about his initiative to combat suppression of free speech on college campuses.

From Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight:

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS: We have too much suppression of free and open speech on college campuses today. Particularly conservatives are being silenced in many ways. Controversial speakers are being blocked. You know the veto by the heckler who threatens to protest and disrupt the speech so the college may withdraw the speaker’s invitation so they won’t be a disturbance. These kind of things really threaten the entire educational system in my view—the integrity of it. We have a heritage of free speech. It’s in our Constitution. It’s deeply embedded in our whole approach to life and we need to push back. And so we’re going to push back. Some of these actions can be a violation of Civil Rights. You have First Amendment rights in this country to speak and sometimes those rights can be impacted. The Department of Justice will take what steps we can to make sure that these (INAUDIBLE), these colleges don’t create limiting zones for our free speech.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: I think they give up many occasions where the Government has moved into curtail free speech rights. Under the Woodrow Wilson Administration, for example, people were sent to prison for protesting the war or whatever. Can you think of other examples of the Justice Department moving into insure free speech rights?

SESSIONS: Well I’m not able to remember that, Tucker. I just don’t remember any situation which we’ve gone to a point where speech is threatened. But I will say this, back in the Civil Rights days, a lot of areas in the South attempted to silence voices that were against segregation. So that was a time that the Federal Government in many ways spoke and I think many ways spoke on free speech issues too. But it’s an important issue. The trends have gone oddly don’t you think from a time when we had a universal recognition that people should be able to express themselves freely and openly to a time today where we’ve drifting back to trying to block people from having their voices heard.

CARLSON: What can these are private institutions most of them or many of them. What can the Federal Government do?

SESSIONS: Well we’re focusing primarily on the public institutions. Thirty-three percent of public institutions have some sort of speech codes that constrict freedom of speech as I think most people would define it under the First Amendment. So this is a troubling trend. And so the First Amendment applies to public colleges and universities and of course, private colleges. We want to call out and talk to college presidents, deans, faculty, trustees, to say make sure that you’re not discriminating in any way against people’s right to speak or discriminating against them academically or otherwise if they have the courage to defend their beliefs.

CARLSON: What sort of action are you prepared to take if they ignore you?

SESSIONS: Well, we could intervene and possibly even file law suits but we will be intervening this week filing a Statement of Interest which the United States Government is entitled to do in a case involving a constriction of free speech that we believe is important and we will be filing a brief to the court explaining why we think this is an important on national rights.

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