Student ideologues in the middle of brainwashing at universities across the nation shouting down conservatives isn’t new.
But one recent incident came with a twist.
Because these tantrum-throwing students’ plan to disrupt a conservative star quickly backfired.
Conservative commentator, author, and Cornell University alum Ann Coulter made an appearance at her alma mater last week.
A group of tantrum-throwing students thought they’d get away with disrupting Coulter during the appearance at the New York school.
In a surprise to virtually nobody, she was shouted down by a group of Gen Z Marxists-in-training.
Protesting students force @AnnCoulter out of Cornell lecture hall.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2022
In the video, protesters can be seen loudly shouting and blowing whistles, drowning out Coulter’s attempt to continue her planned lecture.
They surely weren’t counting on any real consequences for their stunt.
The event was organized by the conservative organizations Network of Enlightened Women and Leadership Institute.
It was scheduled to last an hour but was cut short because of disruptions.
Coulter left after twenty minutes, sarcastically proclaiming she was “so proud of my alma mater.”
Cornell probably wouldn’t have cared except Coulter is a one-time Trump supporter who turned against him
In a surprising move, the university actually apologized to the conservative author for the disruption, saying the protesters’ behavior “does not reflect the university’s values.”
Vice President of University Relations, Joel Malina, said in a statement, “Attendees were apprised at the beginning of the event that anyone preventing another’s ability to speak or be heard would be in violation of university policy and subject to removal and/or referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. The event was interrupted by attendees playing loud music and sound effects and shouting profanities. Eight college-age individuals were removed from the auditorium following Cornell protocols. All Cornell students among the disrupters will be referred for conduct violations. Cornell is committed to academic excellence and a core belief that learning flourishes in an environment where diverse ideas are presented and debated without hindrance. We are deeply disappointed that attendees at a campus event rudely and repeatedly disrupted a talk Wednesday evening by conservative commentator Ann Coulter ’84. Cornell apologizes to Ms. Coulter and all members of the audience who hoped to hear her remarks. The inappropriate behavior displayed by disrupters does not reflect the university’s values.”
On its face, this seems like a welcome change from the common occurrence of conservatives being shouted down and forced off campuses rather than being allowed to speak, but there is more at play here.
Coulter was an early supporter of Donald Trump during the GOP Primary elections in 2016.
She even wrote a book entitled, “In Trump We Trust, E Pluribus Awesome!”
But Coulter later became disillusioned with Trump after the promised border wall wasn’t built.
Whether Cornell would have been as conciliatory to a prospective conservative speaker still singing Trump’s praises is an open question, but that the disruptors face disciplinary action is certainly a welcome change.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall once wrote as an illustration of Voltaire’s beliefs, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
This was once the prevailing attitude in institutions of higher learning.
For the sake of the next generation’s ability to think critically, rather than mindlessly accept ideological dogma, every educational institution would do well to return to it.
If not, America will not survive.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.