CNN’s W. Kamau Bell: Berkeley Cancellations Aren’t About Free Speech, But ‘Safety’


CNN host W. Kamau Bell spun the Ann Coulter vs. Berkeley controversy on Thursday as a “safety” issue and not one of free speech. He hinted that he endorsed protecting students from “hate speech.”

“The reason why people’s speeches are being canceled is because it’s at safety issue. If your free speech leads to hate speech, and it makes people feel unsafe, then universities have the right to protect the kids on campus,” Bell contended on The Situation Room.

The United Shades of America host added, “So, that’s not about free speech. That’s about safety.”

Bell led into his “safety” answer by revealing to anchor Wolf Blitzer, “I do live in the ‘People’s Republic of Berkeley, California.’ So I am right there in the middle of the thing. That riot actually cancelled our farmers market, so we’re were upset about that.”

It is not a surprise that the CNN host endorses “safe spaces” on campus from conservative speakers’ “hate speech.” On his aptly-named Totally Biased program for FX, Bell lectured Fox News about socially-left LGBT theory in a November 2013 segment.

Nearly two years later, the comedian joined CNN’s Don Lemon in mocking the Iowa State Fair as “one of the whitest places in America.”

During the 2016 presidential race, Bell wildly claimed during another appearance with Lemon that “if the Republican Party is a gumbo…the roux of that gumbo is white supremacy, and the core of that is the Ku Klux Klan.”

The CNN host’s “safety” argument also also puts him odds with the ACLU, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. So that’s a good indication that Bell is pretty far to the left.

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