President Donald Trump gave a speech at CPAC asserting that he will soon sign “an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech” on campuses. Those who fail to comply will lose their access to “federal funding.” The decision is in response to an incident where Hayden Williams, a conservative, was punched while at UC-Berkeley.
Trump, according to a report by the Federalist Papers, brought Williams on stage during his speech on Friday.
“There’s a young gentleman, I turned on my television the other day and I saw somebody that was violently punched in the face, violently punched and I said that’s disgusting but a bully I would like to do a lot of things but, of course, we won’t ever say that, Donald Trump, it’s act, no, no, just for the media, I’m sure a lovely young man, he had a temper tantrum,” he stated.
“Here is the one thing, I learned a number of things, first of all, he could take a punch. Muhammad Ali could take a punch, he could take a punch, you weren’t going to go down no matter — that was a hell of a hard punch, he was a strong guy,” he continued.
“But you know what, you got yourself a great lawyer, I know your lawyer, she is a great lawyer, just tell her to do me a favor, sue him, but he’s probably got nothing but sue him forever. But sue the college, the university.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us, remember that,” Trump said. “He took a punch for all of us. And we can never allow that to happen and here is the good news; he is going to be a very wealthy young man.”
Then, Trump made an announcement, discussing his intention to sign the new executive order.
“Today I’m 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 funding,” Trump asserted. “If they want our dollars, and where we give it by the billions, they have to allow people like Hayden, old people to speak, free speech.”
“If they don’t, it would be very costly,” Trump continued. “That will be signed very soon. Every day we are restoring common sense and the timeless values that unite us all.”
YUGE. So glad to hear this. Left wing activists have been stymieing free speech on college campuses for far too long. https://t.co/5TKQ4iQxlg
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 2, 2019