On Saturday evening’s episode of Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” host Jeanine Pirro slammed “snowflakes” on college campuses who want to stop free speech in the name of protecting people’s feelings and halting the growth of the movement for limited government.
“America is in trouble,” Pirro said in her opening statement. “They are trying to silence you. A monstrous and pervasive movement is putting the First Amendment and your free speech, the most basic and fundamental tenets of our nation, at risk and in danger of extinction. And whether you’re on the left or on the right, free speech is essential to our democracy.”
“As you sit there,” Pirro would later continue, “you are watching a silencing in real time, where people are not allowed to express their opinion if it does not align with the thinking of others. Now, this is not an esoteric or academic discussion about one person or one campus. It’s happening all over, and it’s putting us on a course where we are in danger of becoming a fascist, totalitarian society where there is only one accepted point of view. No other will be tolerated, and it’s time to fight back.”
Pirro then recounted the riots that took place at the University of California at Berkeley in February, which were sparked merely because Milo Yiannopoulos, a former editor at Breitbart, was scheduled to speak on the campus. Rioters caused more than $100,000 in damages, and as Pirro noted in her monologue, only one person ended up being arrested.
Pirro heavily criticized the Berkeley police and local government for their handling of the riots.
“And you know I love cops,” Pirro said. “I defend them. But their excuse for one arrest? They didn’t want to step in with full-scale riot forces because it could have led to bloodshed. Really? Did you guys go to rookie school? Did anyone tell you how to take someone into custody without going into full riot gear? You can’t take a snowflake in a ninja costume?”
“And what’s with these college wimps, who can’t bear to hear a speaker and need a safe space—aka a college playpen—because they’re so traumatized by words?” said Pirro. “Instead of having a hissy fit, you ought to go find a bunker to hide in for the next 50 years, because you aren’t going to make it in the real world. Young people face drugs and gangs and wars and landmines and genocide, and you spoiled brats can’t listen to words? You’re wusses!”
On Thursday, Ann Coulter announced that despite having been told her scheduled speech at the University of California at Berkeley had been cancelled, she plans to speak near the campus anyway. On Saturday, the students who organized the Coulter event announced they plan to sue the college if it doesn’t provide a venue for Coulter to speak.