Although he has frequently criticized President Trump, CNN host Fareed Zakaria spoke out Sunday against the silencing of conservative voices.
The unexpected slam came in response to the recent demonstrations at universities around the country, where students have walked out and protested against conservative speakers at their commencement ceremonies.
“American universities these days seem to be committed to every kind of diversity — except intellectual diversity. Conservative voices and views, already a besieged minority, are being silenced entirely,” Zakaria stated.
Zakaria pointed out that Joe Biden, Oprah, and even himself recently gave commencement addresses and graduation ceremonies, but when Vice President Mike Pence gave the address at Notre Dame, about 100 students walked out in protest.
Likewise, Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss was booed when she gave a recent commencement address.
He condemned the “campus thought police” who have gone after serious conservative thinkers. “At the heart of the liberal tradition in the western world has been freedom of speech,” he chided.
“Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm, fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable. It’s for ideas that we find offensive,” he said, and he condemned the self-righteousness of liberals who shut down conservatives.
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