Donald Trump, Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Charlie Kirk Shouted Down by Conservatives at UCLA - 2019-11-11
Essentially, the "campus free speech" crowd's playbook consists of: one, saying liberal college students are hostile to free expression; two, going to college campuses and saying things that will piss off liberal college students; three, declaring the protests that inevitably ensue—which they had the clear intent of attracting—constitute a campaign by liberal college students to "silence" them. There's never any mention of, say, the extensive efforts at both the state and federal level to make it functionally illegal to criticize Israel's policies towards its Palestinian residents. And of course there's no mention of the fact that the President of the United States has declared the free press to be an enemy of the state. Those are the kind of First Amendment issues these folks are less concerned about.
Speaking of the president, his oldest failson, Donald Trump, Jr., went on over to UCLA on Sunday to run The Playbook in order to promote his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. (We first had the location as Berkeley, once the home turf of the free speech movement but known more nationally in recent times for the raucous protests, which have sometimes turned riotous, that have greeted various free-speech grifters. We regret the error.) As usual, the complaint that a conservative is getting silenced is coming via extensive TV appearances, public events, and a book deal. Junior went in the hopes of causing a reaction from liberals there that might boost sales.
But as The Guardian reports, Junior's event with Turning Point USA, a right-wing campus group that complains constantly about collegiate speech policing while operating a "Professor Watchlist" targeting educators who they deem insufficiently sympathetic to conservative politics, caught a different kind of backlash.