"I think it should be a formal rule of the league", Sessions said on "Fox and Friends". Some schools have canceled speeches over safety concerns, drawing criticism from free speech advocates who say universities are places that should not shy away from controversial debates. "We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students' free expression". Mr. Sessions said the department would file more statements in the weeks and months to come.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said sports players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem are making a "provocative" act and can "expect" to get condemned by the president.
But though the attorney general will take aim at the sanitization of discussion and debate at colleges across the country, many students on Georgetown's campus complain that they have been disinvited from Sessions' speaking engagement in order to ensure a "sympathetic audience" for the attorney general. It is the left that must defend and rationalize its objections to the free and open expression of ideas and the spirit and word of the Constitution's First Amendment.
Sessions defended Trump's comments during his speech at Georgetown Law, saying the president has "free speech rights, too", according to NPR.
Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said in a statement that "what makes this the greatest country in the world are the liberties it was founded upon and the freedom to express oneself in a respectful and peaceful manner".
Sessions spoke for about a half hour, referencing recent free speech incidents at UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Brown University, and Middlebury College.More news: Google has pulled the YouTube Access from Amazon's Echo Show Devices
The campus free-speech crisis has outrun state legislation designed merely to abolish speech codes and free-speech zones.
Sessions's own campus visit Tuesday was in a controlled environment.
In the prepared remarks, Sessions intends to question who decides what is "offensive" and "acceptable". Sessions said. "The university is about the search for truth, not the imposition of truth by a government censor". Of the public colleges surveyed, which are bound by the First Amendment, fully one-third had written policies banning disfavored speech.
Around 100 students and faculty members protested [WP report] the speech, holding signs and shouting questions they would have asked through a bullhorn. "Number two, we can intervene and will intervene in various lawsuits where we believe students are being constricted in their right to speak out and express themselves". "You can not invite people who so thoroughly threaten the basic premises of American law to a campus and not speak up if your mission in life is to educate people about the American legal system".
"Attorney General Jeff sessions has a long history of working to disenfranchise populations of voters and standing in opposition to racial and legal justice".
A Georgetown Law spokeswoman said Monday night that the campus has "designated protest areas for high-profile speaker events" and that entry into the law school buildings are restricted to members of the school community and their invited guests. "The president had a right to condemn them, and I would condemn their actions, not them as a human being".