VIDEO: anti-Shapiro student: Constitution not relevant

Nikita Vladimirov
Investigative Reporter

  • Ben Shapiro has been a target of numerous protests in recent months, with college students frequently accusing the conservative Jewish commentator of fueling fascist rhetoric, discrimination, and systematic racism.
  • However, Shapiro expects that there will be a backlash against those opposed to free speech.
  • A student leader who tried to derail a recent talk by a conservative commentator Ben Shapiro says that the First Amendment right to free speech is not relevant to modern times.

    In an interview with ABC News published last week, a University of Utah student and organizer of the anti-Shapiro demonstration said that the conservative pundit should not speak on campus.

    “I don’t think he should speak,” the student organizer said. When the interviewer pointed out that such a position is not in line with the First Amendment, the protester replied, “I don’t care.”

    “I don’t care...I don’t think that’s, like, a relevant document right now,” the student demonstrator added.

    Shapiro has been a target of numerous protests in recent months, with college students frequently accusing the Jewish commentator of fueling fascist rhetoric, discrimination, and systematic racism.

    The so-called “Antifa” movement also frequently opposes the First Amendment right to free expression, arguing that the fascist rhetoric ought to be prohibited.

    “At the heart of the anti-fascist outlook is a rejection of the classical liberal phrase incorrectly ascribed to Voltaire that ‘I disapprove of what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’” Dartmouth College Professor Mark Bray writes in the “Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

    “After Auschwitz and Treblinka, anti-fascists committed themselves to fighting to the death the ability of organized Nazis to say anything,” he maintains.

    [RELATED: Antifa flyer at Berkeley calls Ben Shapiro a 'fascist' thug]

    Shapiro, however, remains optimistic about the future, telling ABC that he expects a public backlash against those who oppose freedom of speech.

    “I think there is going to be a backlash,” he said. “I think there is going to be a strong backlash for people who are tired of it and want to stand up for basic right that we can all agree on.”

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    Nikita Vladimirov

    Nikita Vladimirov

    Investigative Reporter
    Nikita Vladimirov is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he wrote for The Hill, where he extensively covered the latest political developments in U.S. and around the world. Vladimirov's work has appeared on the front pages of The Drudge Report and The Hill, and has been featured by several media organizations including Fox News, MSN, Real Clear Politics and others. He has also appeared as a political commentator on numerous programs, including BBC radio.
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