Berkeley Law Dean Claims Trump’s Free Speech Order Is “Unconstitutional”

April 3, 2019
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We have seen time and time again how conservative students/speakers are harassed at Universities that have become “safe places” instead of schools. Trump put forth an executive order to make these colleges think twice about silencing conservative perspectives. So, of course, biased admins and teachers are now speaking out against it.

In light of President Donald Trump’s executive order on free speech, Erwin Chermerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law, and Howard Gillman, Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, penned an op-ed in which they state that the executive order does not help protect free speech on college campuses and that it is even “unconstitutional.””

The Dean and Chancellor claim that Trump’s executive order is too vague and that colleges already adhere to free speech.

There is no crisis concerning free speech on campuses in the United States. Every day on virtually every campus, speeches are given without incident, including some by very controversial speakers. Walk across either of our campuses on just about any day of the week, and the cacophony of diverse speakers is readily apparent.

To be sure, there are isolated instances of campus officials making bad decisions concerning expression. All campuses should ensure that the rules governing campus speech are viewpoint neutral, transparent and easy to understand. There is a need for more education about basic free speech principles.”

These schools have nothing to worry about unless they are restricting free speech. In which case they could lose funding. Just look at how Trump explained why he was putting forth this order.

Even as universities have received billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers, many have become increasingly hostile to free speech and to the First Amendment,” Trump said at a White House signing ceremony. “These universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans.”

The order follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives who say their voices have been stifled on campuses across the U.S. Joining Trump at the ceremony were students who said they were challenged by their schools while trying to express views against abortion or in support of their faith.”

If there were not an issue there wouldn’t be complaints. It sounds like these objectors are just upset that they will have to listen to conservative perspectives or lose out on federal funding.

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