Sessions says DOJ will enter legal 'struggle' over free speech on campus

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to call out campus political correctness and censorship in a Tuesday speech.'Who is to decide what is offensive and what is acceptable what is odious and what is good? he plans to say

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said freedom of speech is under attack by political correctness on USA campuses during remarks he made Tuesday at Georgetown Law school in Washington, D.C. "We welcomed the debate but, sadly, the school seems to want to limit attendance to help ensure a sympathetic audience". It undercuts the spirit of the First Amendment and stifles the robust debate characteristic of a top tier law school.

"We are not protesting his free speech", the group wrote in a letter signed by more than two dozen academics. "It's protected. And we have to protect it", Sessions said. "We hope in the future that AG Sessions will be courageous enough to engage in the robust debate that he claims to value".

While Sessions obviously has no idea what the exercise of free speech entails in an open and equal society, at least Georgetown's students and faculty do.

The result, he said, 'has spawned a cottage industry of protesters who have quickly learned that school administrators will capitulate to their demands'.

But Sessions said the players "aren't subject to any prosecution".

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During the question-and-answer portion, Sessions was also asked about the time Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut off Democratic Massachusetts Sen.

"In effect, they coddle it and encourage it", Sessions said.

It's ironic, said Spencer McManus, a third-year student from California, "that this attorney general is coming to our campus to tell us to exercise our constitutional rights, when he and the president have repeatedly condemned those who have exercised those rights".

A day earlier, more than 30 faculty members released a statement condemning what they called the hypocrisy of inviting a member of the Trump administration to speak about free speech.

Flashpoints around hot-button speakers, alongside a trend of trigger warnings and safe spaces, have fueled reputations that places of higher education are hostile to the First Amendment. The group, the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, says it hosts programs to examine "how best to remain faithful to the Constitution's text".

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Attorney General Sessions' comments come amid a heated national debate around the nature of freedom of speech, centering around professional athletes' decisions to take a knee or refusing to take the field during the national anthem.

Sessions also called the National Football League protests "a big mistake" that is "denigrating the symbols of our nation" and defended Trump's right to criticize private citizens' exercise of free speech, because "the President has free speech rights, too".

Professor Randy Barnett, the right-leaning law professor who leads the group and is slated to speak Tuesday after Sessions, also invited students from his classes, Weinberg said. "But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogeneous thought, a shelter for fragile egos".

The "Antifa" mob and other protesters managed to stop an appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at a Berkeley "Free Speech Week" in February.

Phillips, who said she was one of the students who received such a message, said that if they had been allowed to attend, they would have asked questions about the Trump administration's policies on criminal justice. 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".

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