Robert Spencer targets Stanford students in blog ahead of event - 2017-11-15
In a digital war of words, Robert Spencer, widely considered to be an anti-Islam extremist, mocked Stanford University students who criticized him before his talk at the elite institution Tuesday night. On his blog Spencer named students, posted photos and videos of them, and referred to them as "fascists."
Student organizations and faculty members publicly expressed deep concerns with both Spencer's invitation to the campus (extended by the Stanford College Republicans) and his continuous "harassment" of students online.
Stanford administrators remained silent on specific blog posts by Spencer, but released multiple more general statements. One statement from President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell did not reference Spencer, but promised an inclusive campus environment. They also at length defended the need for free speech in higher education.