The real reason Trump is pushing a free speech order on college campuses - 2019-03-05
(CNN) During his rambling, two hour talk on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump said he soon will sign a free speech order for college campuses. What he left out was that the justification for the order is based on a false interpretation of what is actually happening at America's colleges.
Trump claims he plans to cut off federal funding, at least in part, to colleges that do not protect views across the political spectrum. To make his point, he called Hayden Williams, a conservative activist, onto the stage. Williams alleges that he was punched at the University of California Berkeley when he tried to express a conservative viewpoint.
In fact, what appears to have happened is that Williams -- who was not a member of the university community -- wandered onto the campus and got into a political quarrel with another person, who was also not a member of the university community. The man who allegedly assaulted Williams was promptly arrested . Berkeley released a statement explaining that the incident was being "willfully distorted and inaccurately reported " and that the campus remained committed to freedom of expression.