US Attorney General Weighs In on Free Speech Debate

Posted September 27, 2017

Speaking during a Q&A session following an address at the Georgetown University Law Center Tuesday, Sessions said he had no issue with Trump coming down hard against the protests.

Because everything is a joke now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man who is still prosecuting a woman for laughing at him, was somehow invited to the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law to lecture on the importance of free speech.

"We acknowledge our colleague's right to invite Attorney General Sessions to speak on campus", the letter, signed mostly by law school faculty, stated.

"They can express their political views without in effect denigrating the symbols of our nation", Sessions said. Besides Sessions' atrocious record on civil rights, the speech prompted protests from students and faculty after many students were ironically uninvited from the event. "Of course, the players arent subject to any prosecution, but if they take a provocative act, they can expect to be condemned".

Outside the speech, the large group of students and law professors, many clad in "Black Lives Matter" shirts, joined to "take a knee" in protest of Sessions.

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Sessions, however, pushed back against college administrators across the country who have silenced speech by allowing threats by protest groups "to control who gets to speak and what messages are conveyed".

When asked why he was protesting Sessions, Blauser brought up the "the irony of the administration saying that free speech on campus is under threat while calling for National Football League players who protest to be fired", the crackdown on government whistleblowers, "embrace of outdated, racist criminal justice policies", and the "dismantling of civil justice programs", for starters.

A Georgetown Law spokeswoman said Monday night that the campus has "designated protest areas for high-profile speaker events" and that entry into the law school buildings are restricted to members of the school community and their invited guests. "Adhering to the First Amendment requires more than rhetoric".

"Whereas the American University was once the center of academic freedom - a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas - it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos", Sessions said in prepared remarks. "However, we, the undersigned, condemn the hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech".

Others took a knee or linked arms, mimicking on-field protests by NFL players started past year by Colin Kaepernick and embraced more widely by players throughout the league over the weekend after Trump slammed the form of protest during a speech.

"Not a contradiction there", Sessions said.

The attorney general was not involved deciding which students were invited or excluded from the event, Tanya Weinberg, director of media relations at Georgetown Law, said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Sessions told an anecdote about how young people at a public college in MI were jailed for distributing copies of the United States Constitution. He also announced that the Department of Justice had issued a statement of interest in a campus free speech case, promising that they will "defend free speech".