AG Sessions: Boise State among colleges creating 'a shelter for fragile egos'

Sessions to declare free speech 'under attack' on campus, in broadside at political correctness

Students and professors of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. protested and took a knee outside an auditorium where Attorney General Jeff Sessions was giving a lecture on free speech, saying Sessions was being "hypocritical". He writes: "I$3 n addition to outside speakers, targets of attack now include disfavored professors, administrators, courses, and students".

"We want to speak out first of all and call on presidents, trustees, legislators, and donors to make sure their colleges aren't suffocating speech", Sessions said. "But it is transforming into ... a shelter for fragile egos". The Justice Department later said in a statement that the case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, was filed by students at Georgia Gwinnett College.

In response to a question from the moderator, Sessions defended Trump's right to offer such criticism and endorsed the views of the president, who said team owners should fire any player who didn't stand for the anthem. The very fact that Sessions' address was opposed at all is a damning indictment of how a certain section of the nation has chosen to interpret the idea of free speech.

With his speech, Sessions waded into a controversial and sometimes violent campus debate.

Additionally, our source tells us that numerous law students who were formally invited to attend the speech, were later disinvited to attend the event.

Conservatives complain protesters have been shutting down speakers at various college campuses.

Sessions' remarks come at a divisive time on college campuses.

Boise State University is among the schools in the national spotlight after a speech by the United States Attorney General.

"But who decides what is offensive and what is acceptable?" He plans to highlight what he believes is the goal of the college education: "the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor".

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Sessions argued it was his duty as attorney general to defend first amendment rights. They noted that Trump has seemed to comdemn free speech by criticizing professional athletes for protesting. As he spoke, some students wearing all black sat with black tape across their mouths in protest.

Georgetown law professor Heidi Li Feldman was one of about 40 faculty and staff members who joined students on the steps of McDonough Hall. "Our colleague had every right to invite him to speak".

Jeff Sessions is an absolute disgrace, a worthless human being, serving as our Attorney General.

The event was hosted by a center at the school, and they handled the invitations, according to a law school spokeswoman.

"We celebrate the diversity of opinion", Sessions said. But the students were suddenly uninvited because they were not part of a group that, Phillips said, would ensure a sympathetic audience.

Barnett also invited students enrolled in his classes and explained on Twitter that someone posted the RSVP link on Facebook, which prompted uninvited students to register for the event.

But there were students who welcomed Sessions' comments.

Several students said they would have liked to have had the opportunity to ask questions about administration policies - especially about the topic of free speech.

Others said the conversation about the embattled attorney general - whom Trump called "an idiot" during an earlier dust-up - was less tense. Maybe they haven't been taught properly in the universities and colleges about what this means and why, historically, nations are important.

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