The article, which was co-written with fellow antigay Sen. Tom Cotton, is about how “free speech”, which everyone knows is GOP code for hate speech, is “under fire on America’s college campuses.”
“Whereas schools once prided themselves on fostering free and open debate, today they create ‘safe spaces’ to shield students from difference, diversity of opinion, and dissent,” the two senators write.
It goes on to talk about how a recent survey found 60% of college students felt they couldn’t express their true opinions (again, hate speech) at school.
“Republican students were far more likely to self-censor than liberal students,” the op-ed states.
It also claims that “opposition” to
bigotry “free speech” is “infecting the student body” and that vicious “revolutionaries” and mobs of “left-wing demonstrators” are engaging in everything from “intimidation to character assassination to outright violence” to silence their peers and shut down debate.
We could go on, but we think you get the point.
The op-ed concludes with Blackburn and Cotton announcing plans to create a new caucus in the Senate focused on protecting “free speech on college campuses” and promoting legislation that ensures “diverse viewpoints are respected and debated.”
Because nothing says “small government” like a group of Republican senators policing what private universities are allowed to talk about in classes that adult students have elected to take.
Now, let’s see what Twitter is saying about the whole thing…
free speech, journalists & people who oppose trump were repeatedly attacked under trumps presidency eroding the foundation of open debate. blackburn said nothing. nobody should believe blackburn has the slightest concern about it now.
— ann wilson (@playingindirt) October 21, 2021
Hate speech is under fire on America’s college campuses. #FixedItForYou
— Twitwit772 (@twitwit772) October 22, 2021
Don’t think it’s “free” speech they are fighting for so much as “free from truth” speech.
— sue vogt (@k9luna) October 20, 2021
Free speech is okay so long as it’s yours?
— Susan (@redwitch497) October 21, 2021
Hate speech is NOT free speech. Keep your Bronze Age Mythology out of our Secular Constitution.
— Craig Brown (@craigbr04409852) October 21, 2021
Marsha tried to have a guy fired because he said “unkind” things about her. I guess his free speech didn’t count?
— Cheryl💙 (@CherylCWS1) October 21, 2021
Free speech?! By limiting expression of those you disagree with?
— Mary P Gray (@MaryPGray) October 22, 2021
The thing Marsha doesn’t understand is that free speech works both ways. When she gets shouted down, that’s the system working. She’s and other knuckleheads are not entitled to be listened to.
— 🇺🇸 Rev. Dr. Matthew 🇺🇸 (@Mtawilk) October 21, 2021
Show me one person jailed for something said on a college campus.
If you can’t find one, there’s literally no free speech under attack.
— Ricky Wicketts Ⓜ (@RickyWicketts) October 21, 2021
By free speech do u mean hate, violence inspiring, white nationalist, xenophobic disinformation kinda free speech? Just need to clarify what u mean
— JSB (@JSB01219230) October 21, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.