It’s not even 2016 yet, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made two publicized stops at southern Florida colleges to seduce millennials — one in August at Florida International University and one last week at Broward College.
In both cases, students who showed up to exercise their First Amendment rights were treated poorly by campus security, police, and, in particular, by Clinton supporters.
I’m a conservative millennial living in a liberal city. My goal is this: use demonstrations to make sure that each and every time Clinton sets foot on a college campus in south Florida, she will see that some people, the very demographic she has pandered and talked down to for far too long, don’t all march lockstep with the Democratic Party.
I have been asked what I hope to accomplish, and if these demonstrations will make any difference. I believe they will — and already do.
A particularly unpleasant female retiree yelled passionately at the top of her lungs “take your signs and burn them — burn them — you teeny tots!”
As first reported by Campus Reform, FIU police told anti-Hillary students they would be subject to arrest if they did not move away from the building where the Clinton rally was held. The students were to move to the “free assembly area,” but according to FIU policies and procedures, there are no free-assembly areas near that part of campus.
At Broward College, campus security told student demonstrators to clear the area. When we refused, Clinton supporters lobbed nasty insults — and some plain lunacy — at our small band of conservatives.
One man tried to jump the barricade, but it’s unclear what his intentions were. He did not make it over. A particularly unpleasant retiree yelled passionately at the top of her lungs “Take your signs and burn them — burn them — you teeny tots! Teeny teeny tots!” A third, older man demanded of the group of young people, “How much are you getting paid, who is paying you, who made those signs?”
He then proceeded to lecture the students that “the free market is not going to do anything for you.” Another female screamed: “Go back to the Dark Ages! How could you be a woman?”
I find it sad that campus officials are so eager to back up the kind of loony disdain for students that Clinton supporters showed that day. School officials should all be in agreement that civil discourse and youth engagement in politics should be applauded, not shut down or attacked.
But for many students, free speech is put on hold when Clinton comes to campus. So much for her “listening” tour.