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A federal appeals judge appointed by Donald Trump has demanded an apology from Stanford Law School after he was invited to speak, only to be berated by a pious dean while woke students shouted abuse at him.
Judge Kyle Duncan, from the fifth circuit of appeals, was ambushed by associate dean of equity, diversity and inclusion Tirien Steinbach during a discussion Thursday night.
Steinbach – a former ACLU lawyer who previously defended free speech – initially claimed Duncan had a right to express his views.
Steinbach then gave a six minute, prepared speech that amounted to a lecture aimed at Duncan, not the unruly students, “condemning his life’s work,” the Mail reports.
As Duncan stood by, Steinbach told the law students she “had to write something down because I am so uncomfortable up here.”
“For many people at the law school who work here, who study here, and who live here, your advocacy – your opinions from the bench – land as absolute disenfranchisement of their rights,” Steinbach continued.
“They feel harmed — not just by your speech, because if it was just words that would be one thing. You have authority and power to make decisions that impact the lives of millions.”
She accused Duncan of having a “partisan lens,” and said she hoped he could “listen through” it.
“It’s uncomfortable to say this to you as a person. It’s uncomfortable to say that for many people here, your work has caused harm … and I know that must be uncomfortable to hear. It must be.
“I’m also uncomfortable because many of the people in the room here I have come to care for.”
“For many people here, your work has caused harm,” Steinbach told Duncan.
“In my role at this university, my job is to create a sense of belonging for all students.
“And that is hard and messy and not easy, and the answers are not black or white, or right or wrong. This is part of the creation of belonging.
“And it doesn’t feel comfortable and it doesn’t always feel safe, but there are always places of safety and there is always an intention to make sure you all feel in a space where you can feel fully.”
Throughout Steinbach’s comments, when Duncan attempted to speak or answer, he was heckled by the students.
Steinbach even invited students who felt threatened that they could leave, saying that “many who go before Judge Duncan do not have a choice. You have a choice.”
According to the report, “Dozens stood and filed out, as Duncan looked on in shock and distain.”
Speaking to Reuters on Friday, Duncan on said he felt ambushed.
“In my view, this was a setup, she was working with students on this,” he said, citing an email that circulated prior to the event that included the same points.
Duncan said he was “offended” and “disturbed” by the “deeply uncivil behavior” of both the students and Steinbach.
“It would be nice if they reached out to me and said, ‘Gee, we’re sorry,’” he said.
Stanford Law dean Jenny Martinez chastised students in a statement. She said that preventing a speaker from presenting through any means violates the school’s policies.
“However well-intentioned, attempts at managing the room in this instance went awry,” she wrote.
“The way this event unfolded was not aligned with our institutional commitment to freedom of speech.”
Stanford Law students shouted down Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan while he was trying to speak.
When he asked for an administrator to control the situation, Stanford’s “associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion” got up and lectured him for nearly 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/tjlUPOIMmQ
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 11, 2023
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