At UF, squelching conservative speech is routine (OPINION)

It’s no secret that conservative students at campuses across the country face censorship, intolerance, and speech suppression. It's no different for right-wing students attending the University of Florida (UF). Reaction to the election of President Donald Trump only worsened the state of free speech at UF, as radical leftist students have become emboldened to stop any form of speech that aligns with the policies of his administration--even if it involves breaking the law. 

Several weeks ago, UF's Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, of which I'm a member, created a “Build the Wall” banner to hang on campus. As a club, we had to get a permit from UF for the banner and our members spent a significant amount of time and money creating it. In a matter of hours, the banner was torn down and stolen by leftists. That evening, the club met to build a new one, only to have it stolen twice the next day. 

In all, three police reports were filed, and an officer indicated one student could be charged with theft. Thanks to the efforts of our club members, our speech was protected, but at a hefty price. Guarding a banner for 12 hours a day and having cameras present shouldn’t be a requirement to ensuring speech is protected. In many cases, it’s not even feasible. 

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Last week, the Turning Point USA chapter at UF hosted Prager U. spokesman Will Witt. A few days before his speech, I posted flyers around campus from 9 p.m. until midnight. The next morning by 9 a.m., nearly all of the flyers I posted were gone. Other club members confirmed this happened to them, as well. 

This is routine for conservative organizations at UF. Leftist students tear down conservative signs, posters, and flyers promoting speakers with whom they disagree. It shows a blatant disregard for our First Amendment rights and for the amount of resources our clubs put into activism. 

Instead of simply choosing not to attend a conservative event, these students seek to steal and destroy any advertisements for our events. They have always been welcome to respectfully protest our activism or to debate us on the merits of conservative ideas, but these radical leftist students have no interest in debate or discourse. It’s clear they are fearful of the message we are trying to spread. Last week, they eve

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Calif police chief, lawmaker want prof who called for killing police officers to be dismissed

Local law enforcement and lawmakers are putting pressure on the University of California, Davis to dismiss a professor who has repeatedly advocated for violence against police officers.  

In February, it was revealed that UC Davis English professor Joshua Clover tweeted messages such as “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore” and “I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?” 

Separately, in a 2015 interview, Clover told, “People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”

After the professor's past comments made headlines in February, Ron Lawrence, the police chief of the nearby community of Citrus Heights, teamed up with California Assemblyman James Gallagher to deliver almost 10,000 petitions to the Chancellor’s office calling for Clover’s dismissal.

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California Assemblyman @J_GallagherAD3 helps deliver nearly 10,000 petitions to the @ucdavis Chancellor’s office - calling for the dismissal of Professor Joshua Clover who recently made comments about “killing police officers,

— Joe Michaels KFBK (@RadioJoe1530) March 13, 2019 

Chief Ronald Lawrence of @CalChiefs helps deliver nearly 10,000 petitions calling for the dismissal of @ucdavis Professor Joshua Clover who has advocated for the “killing of police officers.”

— Joe Michaels KFBK (@RadioJoe1530) March 13, 2019

Campus Reform spoke to Chief Lawrence about why he believes Clover’s dismissal is necessary for the community.  

“Mr. Clover’s call for violence and advocating the death of police officers is reprehensible and inexcusable,” the chief said. “A person in a position of influence should be held accountable for making reckless statements that are harmful to others.”

“As an American citizen, I enjoy free speech like everyone else, but as a police chief, I have a responsibility and accountability for what I say,” Lawrence told Campus Reform. “In other words, I can say what I want to, but not hold the position I do withou

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VIDEO: Conservative students told by police to stop tabling

Students tabling for Georgia Southern University’s chapter of Turning Point USA were told by both the school's administration and campus police that they had to jump through a number of bureaucratic hoops in order to table on campus.

In an audio recording, obtained by Campus Reform, an individual can be heard telling the students “it's not a matter of reserving the spot. It's just in order to be on campus doing stuff like this, you have to abide by the campus rules….you have to like, fill out the paperwork.”

The students also go into a building to talk to an administrator, who explains to them the school policy against “soliciting.”

“There is a free speech area, but you have to reserve it,” she tells the students, adding “you can't just show up on campus because that's when the soliciting starts happening.”

When the students offer to move to the “free speech area,” the administrator explains that they would have had to reserve the space in advance and that such a reservation would take “probably two to three days for us to process.” She then offers to email the students a copy of the school’s policy against “soliciting,” adding that if the students were to reserve the space, they would have to use the school’s equipment for tabling “so you don't look different from the rest of the people.”


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A video shows student university employees first telling the tabling students that even if they were to use the campus “free speech zone” for their efforts, they would still be required to reserve the space.

“This is our space, so in order for that to happen, we’d have to reserve it out to you,” one of the student workers explains. When the students cite the First Amendment, he informs them that he is currently taking a constitutional law class at Georgia Southern, and goes on to explain that by not reserving the space in advance, the students are infringing upon the First Amendment rights of others who may have reserved the space.

The students move their activities to the free speech zone, but to no avail. The video shows them then being approached by campus police, who respond to their assertion that they are within their First Amendment rights by citing &

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'Telling' that more New Yorkers DISAPPROVE of AOC than approve, Phillips says (VIDEO)

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips said on Fox & Friends Wednesday that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's policies are not so much what draw people to her as much as the fact that she's "aspirational."

Reacting to a Siena College poll conducted March 10-14 among New York State voters, which found that 44 percent of respondents disapprove of the New York City congresswoman, Phillips said "it should be telling" that those who know her best, those in her home state, have one of the worst approval ratings of her. 

"There's a difference between the campaign version of someone and in AOC's case, she sounds aspirational, she's inspirational," Phillips said. 

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"In many ways, it's easy to ignore the policies and substance and just be inspired by her and say, 'yeah, of course, I support her.' But once they actually see her policies taking hold, they see Amazon choosing to leave in large part because of her rhetoric, I think they're realizing, 'wait a minute, maybe this rhetoric is not really what we wanted. Maybe this is going to be a bad thing," Phillips added. 

Phillips called it "bad news" for the Democrat party that more of its voters are veering to the fringe. 

"They need to convert moderate voters if they have any chance of winning against Donald Trump and the farther left they go, the harder it's going to be to do so," Phillips said. 


In Phillips' latest video, he asked students at Georgetown University who they thought is the face of the Democrat Party: Ocasio-Cortez or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The majority of students with whom Phillips spoke said Ocasio-Cortez, who favors the Green New Deal. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Students say Ocasio-Cortez is face of Democrat party, not Pelosi]

Phillips point on Wednesday is supported by one of his other recent videos in which he asked students at the University of Miami whether they supported the Green New Deal, a majority of whom said that they did. After revealing the contents of the Green New Deal, however, students weren't so sure whether they supported it. 

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