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AG Jeff Sessions criticizes colleges for creating ‘supercilious snowflakes’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on college free speech at Turning Point USA's High School Leadership Summit in Washington. July 24, 2018. (ABC News/Video Screenshot)
July 28, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently criticized college campus culture for producing ultra-sensitive adults.

On Tuesday, Sessions spoke before a group of conservative high school students at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

He said college culture is shaping a generation of “supercilious snowflakes,” Fox News reported.

“Rather than molding a generation of mature, well-informed adults, some schools are doing everything they can to create a generation of sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes,” he said. “We’re not going to have it.”

He called it a “disservice” to students and the country.

Sessions also criticized colleges for their suppression of free speech through canceling conservative speakers and prohibiting conservative groups and events.

He added that in lieu of debate on campus, the colleges are promoting liberal ideologies and supporting students’ inability to cope with opposing ideas.

“Too many schools are coddling students,” Sessions said. “There was a ‘cry-in’ at Cornell after the 2016 election, therapy dogs at the University of Kansas. … I hope they had plenty of tissues.”

Sessions said today’s college environments create tough treatment for conservative students carried out by liberal peers, more so today than during the 1960s.

“The hostility was not as great then as it is today on college campuses,” he said. “Stand strong for what you believe in.”

Sessions named several colleges in his criticisms, including Vermont’s Middlebury College, the University of California and Berkley, all of which engaged in silencing conservative speakers to appease liberal students.

Sociologist Dr. Charles Murray was scheduled to lecture at Middlebury College last year. Students protested the event, shouted down Murray, and carried out violence that led to the hospitalization of one professor.

Berkeley had similar results, with numerous violent protests against scheduled speeches by notable conservatives like Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.

President Trump threatened to slash federal funding for Berkeley last year after violent protests led to the cancellation of a speech by then-Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

Berkeley administrators denied the accusation of suppressing conservative voices.

UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof told Fox News: “This university cannot and will not tolerate the harassment of its students, particularly when they are being targeted simply as a result of who they are or what they believe in.”

He added that it’s a misconception that only liberal ideologies are welcomed or promoted at Berkeley.

“This is not the 1960s anymore,” he said. “Our student body is more diverse than it has ever been.”

Sessions and the Justice Department have criticized other colleges, such as Pierce College in Los Angeles and Georgia Gwinnett College, for establishing small spaces as “free speech zones,” as well as other college policies against offending students.

Sessions said: “State universities need to be objective and fair. They need to let both people, both sides of an issue, have an opportunity to speak,” CNS News reported.