Slotkin: Judge Who Had Speech at Stanford Disrupted Was ‘a Little Bit of a Fragile Flower’

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” Rep. Elisa Slutkin (D-MI) said Judge Kyle Duncan was “a bit of a fragile flower” in the way he handled his Stanford speech that broke down and should “move on” with the “turmoil.” But schools should be a place where people are allowed to come and talk.

Slutkin said, “I represent two universities now, including Michigan State University. It should be a place for free speech. It should be a place where all people, conservative and liberal, are allowed to come and speak. I should also say, as someone who gets harassed all the time in Public speeches, including this week when we were talking about gun safety on the steps of the Michigan Capitol and we had a Second Amendment group with megaphones while you try to speak, the speaker turns a little into a fragile flower here. Push through man, just keep going.”

Then host Bill Maher stepped in to respond, “From what I saw, it was kind of impossible.”

Slutkin replied, “Well, but – and students, no one should ever threaten violence, it’s absolutely not allowed, it’s not part of the First Amendment rights. But I have no problem if someone comes up and speaks and I don’t have a problem if people protest, in a civil way.” And decent, for this discourse.”

Maher then asked, “And you have no problem if the university officer gets up there and defends the hecklers and not the speaker? Because that’s what I did. I defended the hecklers, not the speaker.”

Slutkin replied, “I don’t know the conditions here, but…”

Maher came in to say, “You just saw it, that’s exactly what you saw.”

Then Slutkin said: “If the university invites this person or allows this person to come and speak, they host them.”

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