Following left-wing harassment last week of conservative students at the University of Texas at Austin during their event supporting Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, it was more of the same at Stanford University on Tuesday, as a female student was arrested for battery after allegedly shoving the president of the College Republicans over Kavanaugh support.
According to campus police, John Rice-Cameron said fellow student Melinda Hernandez “shoved him in the chest with her hand during a verbal disagreement” at tabling event in support of Kavanaugh’s recent Supreme Court confirmation, the Stanford Daily reported.
A post on the Stanford College Republicans Facebook page said its members “experienced the violent and totalitarian behavior of the unhinged Stanford left."
Rice-Cameron added to the paper that Hernandez "got in my face and proceeded to hit me in the chest area and push me back forcefully" and that "nobody should be assaulted on campus, under any circumstances.”
He also told the College Fix that Hernandez shoved him after he shot video of her trying to vandalize a sign: “She comes up and puts her hand on the sign as if she’s going to rip it up, so I take out my phone and record her, and she said, ‘Why the f*** are you recording me?’ In an attempt to defuse the situation, I put the phone away.”
What did the accused student have to say?
Hernandez told the Daily she touched Rice-Cameron on the chest after he refused to stop recording her on video.
“This is clearly an exertion of power and privilege by [the College Republicans],” Hernandez wrote in a public Facebook post, the paper added. “Those who know my character, from a distance or up close, know my fight in social justice lies in peace.”
Hernandez was placed under a private person arrest at Rice-Cameron’s request and issued a citation for battery, campus police told the paper, adding that the District Attorney’s Office will review the case and determine if further action is needed.
What did the Stanford Democrats have to say?
Stanford Democrats President Gabe Rosen told the Daily that his group is “deeply concerned” that police were called: “This just adds to our suspicion that [‘Change My Mind’ events, such as the one in White Plaza] are not conducive to civil debate."
In another post, the College Republicans said "leftists vandalized and destroyed our signs, threw paint and water at our members, and hurled insults and profanities for hours."
What did witnesses say?
An anonymous eyewitness told the Daily that Hernandez was “angry [and] upset” and characterized her demeanor toward Rice-Cameron as combative: “She kept getting in his face, louder and louder — she walked straight towards him and invaded his personal space and definitely put her hands on him,” the unnamed witness added to the paper.
A College Republican member who declined to be named told the Daily that while Hernandez pushed Rice-Cameron, it wasn't a “hard push,” noting that the group's president didn't hit the ground.
Here's another clip of a student stealing a sign from the College Republicans' table: