Shame on Trump again

[L]ast month, Donald Trump signed an executive order on campus free speech, decrying those who would keep Americans from challenging rigid far-left ideology.” The president said, People who are confident in their beliefs do not censor others.”

If that last line is true — and, uncharacteristically for Trump, I think it is — it says something about the insecurity of Israel’s defenders.

But last week the Trump administration decided to no-platform” a BDS advocate by denying him entry for his speaking tour of college campuses.

There have indeed been illiberal attempts to silence conservative voices on college campuses, but they pale beside the assault on pro-Palestinian speech, particularly speech calling for an economic boycott of Israel. Around two dozen states have laws and regulations denouncing, and in many cases penalizing, B.D.S. activities, and the Senate recently passed a bill supporting such measures. According to the American Association of University Professors, some public universities in states with such laws require speakers and other contractors to sign a statement pledging that they do not now, nor will they in the future, endorse B.D.S.” It’s hard to think of comparable speech restrictions on any other subject.

Shame on Trump, again, and again, and again.

Thanks to Michelle Goldberg for opening my eyes to the rank hypocrisy of many conservatives on this topic.

April 16, 2019


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