The Department of Justice will get more involved in free speech cases on college campuses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday on “Fox and Friends.”
There is a bias against conservative speech at colleges, Sessions said.
“Ben Shapiro a 33-year-old brilliant Jewish, Harvard Law graduate — [the school] sent out a notice when he came to Berkeley and said if it upsets you so badly we will give you counseling,” Sessions said. “To the students who might be faint or something if he spoke there. This is kind of ridiculous. We need open robust debate on college campuses.”
The Department of Justice will get involved in different lawsuits where students are being restricted with regard to how they express their opinion, Sessions said.
“We can intervene, and will intervene in various lawsuits where we believe students are being overly constricted in their right to speak out and express themselves,” he said. “The Department of Justice has a duty to defend people’s civil rights.”
Hecklers cannot control the national debate, the attorney general said, adding that college campuses should be a place where students can openly share thoughts and positions.
“No place in the country should we have more robust discussion than on college campuses,” he concluded.
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