Trump signs executive order threatening aid to colleges if speakers are silenced

'Universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans,' President Trump said.
3:00 | 03/21/19

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Transcript for Trump signs executive order threatening aid to colleges if speakers are silenced
And we are here to take historic action to defend American students. And American values. They've been under siege. In a few moments I will be signing an executive order. To protect. Free speech. One college. Campuses just the thought of sounds good. America the very heart. The university's. Mission. Is preparing students for life as citizens in a free society. But even as universities that receive billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers. Many have become increasingly hostile to free speech and to the fairest of them and you see it all the time under the guise of speech codes. Safe spaces and trigger warnings he's universities have tried to restrict. Free thought impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans like. Those here today screwy people. All of that changes starting right now we dealing with billions and billions and billions of dollars. Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti First Amendment institutions and that's exactly. What they universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech not. Silence. Free speech. Today brown broke inaction. Is the first of a series of steps. We will take to defend students' rights.

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