Sessions Vows DOJ Will Defend Free Speech Rights on College Campuses


He expressed hope that students "will take part in the right of every American: the free, robust, and sometimes contentious exchange of ideas". Carlson asked Sessions, regarding protests National Football League players have been doing since a year ago regarding police brutality.

"Not a contradiction there", Sessions said. "In these places, openly criticizing the government or expressing unorthodox opinions could land you in jail", Sessions said.

RAVAN AUSTIN: The main point that I think that we're trying to push out here is that we're not saying that he doesn't have a right to speak.

Update: A statement was added from Georgetown Law School.

During his remarks, Sessions blamed school administrators for favoring "heckler's disruptive tactics" over a speaker's First Amendment rights.

The protesters held signs that read "Defend Free Speech: Denounce Sessions"; "Will you silence dissent but applaud hate speech?"; and "I served to protect free speech and you should too". "We are protesting against his and the Trump Administration's views on free speech". They placed tape across their mouths and sat down. Protesters outside the event pointed out that they were not invited to the Attorney General's address.

SESSIONS: Well I'm not able to remember that, Tucker.

"We pay a ton of tuition", she said.

The debate Sessions entered has, in recent months, become a violent one.

The "Antifa" mob and other protesters managed to stop an appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at a Berkeley "Free Speech Week" in February. At one point, Sessions appeared to take a page out of President Donald Trump's book, drawing a weird equivalence between protesters at Middlebury college, and the KKK. "Adhering to the First Amendment requires more than rhetoric".

"As attorney general, does it concern you that these players are being condemned by many, including the president, for exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and protest?"

"We condemn the hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech", members of the Georgetown Law Center said in a statement.

The Justice Department moved in the Georgia case as universities across the country are struggling to find a balance between free speech and, in cases of state universities, the First Amendment and protecting students who say they are offended or feel threatened by the views of others on campus.

"We know historically everyone in this country has not been granted the same rights, but that does not mean that we won't demand them", Smith said in an interview. "It's the irony of him coming here". The Department of Justice will take what steps we can to make sure that these zones, these colleges don't create limiting zones for our free speech.

"We are committed to upholding the values of academic freedom and serving as a forum for the free exchange of ideas, even when those ideas may be hard, controversial or objectionable to some", spokeswoman Tanya Weinberg said.

The event was hosted by a center at the school, and they handled the invitations, according to a law school spokeswoman.

Student groups including the Black Law Students Association and Georgetown Law Students for Democratic Reform then wrote a press release announcing a protest against Sessions' policies and the restricted nature of such a high-profile event.