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Craig demands UW investigate attack on College GOP

Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 14, 2019

By M.D. Kittle — State Sen. Dave Craig is asking the University of Wisconsin-Madison to launch an investigation into last week’s “troubling event” in which an unidentified woman defaced the College Republicans’ office with highly charged anti-Trump signs.

 The signs labeled President Trump as a racist, sexist, and homophobic. 

The woman, caught on camera, conducted her demonstration while blaring a song on her phone titled “FDT” (F*** Donald Trump.) Not only does the song, by rapper YG, include explicit language, it suggests harming the president. 

Defenders of the act of vandalism have defended it as “speaking truth to power.” 
The woman, according to observers, was told to stop. She refused, shouting expletives and racially charged insults. 

Two female students were in the office during the incident, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. They reportedly feared for their safety, afraid to leave because of the demonstrator’s aggressive behavior, the newspaper reported.

“As a result of these events, I am requesting a thorough investigation into this matter by you, the UW’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and the UW Police Department,” Craig wrote in his letter to UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank. 

The Big Bend Republican also asks Blank to provide him a complete report of the investigatory process and the investigation findings.

The latest act of left-wing disorderly conduct comes as the UW System Board of Regents puts the final touches on a “three-strike free speech” policy. Originally adopted in 2017, the policy prohibits students from disrupting or attempting to shut down free speech on campus. Punishment includes expulsion — after three violations. 

While aimed at all students, the policy was created after high-profile incidents involving liberal demonstrators trying to stifle conservative speakers. 

“Notwithstanding this policy prohibiting the use of a ‘heckler’s veto’ by students to stifle free speech, the actions of the student above go far beyond the realm of a ‘heckler’s veto’ and more closely reflects direct intimidation against a particular group of individuals who hold a differing perspective – a perspective which is constitutionally protected by the 1st Amendment and ought to be protected by UW System policy,” Craig wrote. 

“Notwithstanding this policy prohibiting the use of a ‘heckler’s veto’ by students to stifle free speech, the actions of the student above go far beyond the realm of a ‘heckler’s veto’ and more closely reflects direct intimidation against a particular group of individuals who hold a differing perspective – a perspective which is constitutionally protected by the 1st Amendment and ought to be protected by UW System policy,” Craig wrote. 

“UW’s seeming unwillingness to address acts of intimidation against conservatives is of great concern and the UW is duty-bound to address the issues and provide assurances to the legislature and the people of Wisconsin that these activities will no longer be tolerated,” the senator continued. “Without action to address these concerns, the free speech and freedom of expression rights of UW students will continue to recede.”

Read Craig’s letter here.

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