Colleges and universities that limit freedom of speech are about to get clobbered big time. President Donald Trump came out swinging on Saturday against the higher-education establishment for violating our nation’s most fundamental value: free expression, guaranteed in the Constitution First Amendment.
“I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds,” Trump told the right-leaning American Conservative Union at its influential annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Then, Trump brought up onstage Hayden Williams, who got punched in the eye last month for expressing his political views while visiting the University of California, Berkeley. The president said, “If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden … to speak.”
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