One issue that President Trump addressed in his two-hour Conservative Political Action Conference speech was how prominent conservatives are being denied speakership opportunities from colleges and universities across the country.
From Ann Coulter to Ben Shapiro, schools have pulled speakership events or charged them additional and hefty “security fees” to deter their engagement.
Trump said this seemingly biased censorship will no longer continue as he plans to sign an executive order which will stop it.
Trump’s new executive order will prevent schools that censor conservatives from receiving federal funds, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Today I am 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 dollars,” Trump said.
“If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many other great young people and old people, to speak, free speech,” said Trump. “If they don’t, it will be very costly. That will be signed very soon.”
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The specific details of Trump’s executive order are unknown.
The president’s announcement came after he brought on stage Hayden Williams, a conservative activist with Turning Point USA who was punched in the face Feb. 19 at the University of California, Berkeley.
Campus police on Saturday arrested Zachary Greenberg, who allegedly was behind the attack on Williams. Bail for Greenberg, 28, was set at $30,000.
Trump joked that Williams “could take a punch” and urged him to sue not only Greenberg “forever,” but also the University of California, Berkeley.
“I will be signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars” @realDonaldTrump #CPAC2019 #WhatMakesAmericaGreat pic.twitter.com/hyeNZ3jI6F
— CPAC 2019 (@CPAC) March 2, 2019
“The president’s announcement was met with wild applause from conference attendees, many of whom were college students themselves. No further details about the potential executive order, such as how the administration would define free speech or the standards for upholding it, have been made public as of Saturday evening,” the Federalist adds.
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