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Media Release: Georgetown Law Students Respond To Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Visit

Media Release: Georgetown Law Students Respond To Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Visit

According to excerpts obtained in advance by Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to take aim at political correctness on college campuses during a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday.

Because everything is a joke now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man who is still prosecuting a woman for laughing at him, was somehow invited to the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law to lecture on the importance of free speech. He said the Justice Department will intervene in legal cases to defend free speech on campuses. University administrators, Sessions said, are letting protesters silence minority viewpoints.

Sessions' comments echo a sentiment that has been discussed at length in recent days after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem in protest of police violence against people of color.

Our nation would be better off if more people, starting with the president, listened to those with different views and tried to understand their thinking - not dismiss them out of hand.

An estimated 1 in 10 US colleges have free speech zone policies that limit freedom of expression on campus, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He then added, "it's not a contradiction".

Sessions told the story of one group of students who were jailed for passing out copies of the Constitution on a campus walkway, and cited a survey that found 40 percent of USA colleges and universities have 'speech codes that substantially infringe on constitutionally protected speech'.

With the impending threat that other campuses' speech policies might come under Justice Department scrutiny, universities may be compelled to come up with solutions sooner rather than later, Mr. Paulson said.

"Staring today, the Department of Justice will do its part in this work", Sessions said at an event hosted by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

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Sessions also railed against "free-speech zones" on campus, saying that they are "eerily similar to what the Supreme Court warned against" in its 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines decision.

Inside the hall where Sessions spoke, a line of students sitting near the back stood up and placed black tape over their mouths as the attorney general concluded his address.

"They can make their protest any other place". "We need open robust debate on college campuses". "We hope in the future that AG Sessions will be courageous enough to engage in the robust debate that he claims to value".

"A national recommitment to free speech on campus and to ensuring First Amendment rights is long overdue". Since the protesters had already made up their minds that they opposed the Attorney General's remarks, it is likely that their only intention - had they been admitted - would have been to shout down, or otherwise disrupt, the speaker.

Specifically he spoke about a "frightening" incident at Middlebury College in Vermont, in which a guest speaker was invited to the school to debate with a professor.

Throughout his remarks, Sessions, who has come under fire in the past for extreme anti-immigrant and potentially Islamophobic rhetoric, repeatedly highlighted democracy and free speech as not just quintessentially, but exclusively, American concepts.

"We celebrate the diversity of opinion", Sessions said.

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