Trump Dismisses Notion That Conservative Free Speech Is Under Attack at Colleges: ‘Highly Overblown’
While taking part in a conservative millennial forum this afternoon at the White House, President Donald Trump casually slapped down a major talking point that has driven Fox News opinion programming and right-wing talk radio.
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk — who has made a career out of claiming there is a huge anti-conservative backlash on college campuses — told the president that he has successfully crushed political correctness. With Kirk noting that TPUSA represents organizations at colleges and high schools all across the nation, the conservative activist stated that it is had for young conservatives to show their support for Trump on campus.
“What advice do you have for young patriot conservatives that are being ridiculed and those clamping down on free speech?” Kirk asked Trump.
“I think the numbers are different than people think,” the president responded. “I think we have a lot of support. If they have one campus or two campuses and we know what they are, they get all the publicity.”
Trump continued to dismantle the premise that college campuses are inhospitable to conservatives, pointing to his own belief that he is very popular with students and millennials.
“We have campuses where you have a vast majority of people that are perhaps like many people in the room,” POTUS declared. “You call it conservative, you call it whatever you want, but there are people that want free speech.”
He added, “If you look at what is going on with free speech, the super-left, with Antifa, with all of these characters. They get a lot of publicity. You go to the real campuses and you go all over the country, you go out to the Middle West, go out to the coast in many cases, we have a tremendous support. I’d say we have majority support. It’s highly overblown. Highly overblown.”
(There’s no typo there — the president, in fact, said “the Middle West.”)
Kirk, who had just claimed that it was difficult for young people “to espouse support” for Trump, went on to say “I totally agree.”
“We see it on the ground,” he stated. “People say ‘Hey, I’m a Trump supporter.'”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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