Robert Reich Delivers Epic Smackdown to Ann Coulter after ‘Free Speech’ Whine (VIDEO)
Robert Reich Schools Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter attempted to extend her hypocritical whine over “free speech,” which, in reality, is a thinly-veiled attempt to attack college campuses, but Robert Reich wasn’t having it.
Both appeared on ABC’s This Week with host Jonathan Karl on Sunday.
Robert Reich began by stating that college campuses should not suppress speech simply because the viewpoint may be deemed “offensive.” After all, the point of college is to learn, and provocative speech and opposing viewpoints can be excellent catalysts to learning.
“The best way to learn something is to talk to people who disagree with you,” Reich stated.
So, on that, Reich and Ann Coulter actually agree. It’s an issue Coulter has spoken out over a lot recently, since Berkeley college campus recently banned her from appearing, citing security concerns. Coulter, along with many on the right, have taken that as an attack on their ultra-conservative viewpoints and their freedom of speech.
However, Reich suggested to Ann Coulter that the fight to defend free speech isn’t found on college campuses alone. In fact, considering the Republican president the GOP has installed in the White House, the idea that the right feels their First Amendment rights are under attack is actually hypocritical.
It was host Jonathan Karl who asked if Donald Trump’s ongoing and open war with the media is, in itself, setting a dangerous precedent for free speech.
Trump Is The Real Threat, Robert Reich Explains
Coulter didn’t want to discuss that, however, preferring to ignore the obvious threat to the First Amendment and instead attack “lefties” and the entire institution of higher learning in general.
“Universities ought to be places where I am not the only conservative most students will hear in four years of college. This whole incident shows the radical insulated left on the college campuses. And the entire left wing, including President [Barack Obama] and Bill Maher, are on the other side.
“And what useless institutions our universities are. The lefties are on the side of the thugs. They’ve taken over the universities. I don’t think anyone learns anything at college anymore. It’s a four year vacation. And I think that’s what people ought to be looking at because the taxpayers are supporting these universities.”
Robert Reich let her finish her angry, ugly, bitter rant. And then he redirected the conversation back to the real threat on our freedom of speech – which isn’t college campuses who shut down Ann Coulter over safety concerns, but a president who thinks the Constitution is “archaic” and that libel laws need to be expanded…and whose White House Chief of Staff said this weekend that Trump is considering amending or abolishing the First Amendment.
Robert Reich Points Out Right’s First Amendment Hypocrisy
Robert Reich has a hard time taking Ann Coulter seriously, once the entire picture is considered.
“The libel laws should not be widened [as Trump has suggested],” Reich patiently explained to the fuming Coulter. “We really do need a free press. One thing that concerns me about the present administration is the willingness of the administration to not only talk about widening the libel laws and also criminal laws — flag burning — but even the president of the United States, last night, using a [rally] in Harrisburg to summon his supporters and criticize the press once again.”
“This is dangerous,” Reich added. “I mean, if we believe in the First Amendment, we believe in a free and independent press.”
But it isn’t freedom of speech that Ann Coulter is concerned over, after all. Because if it were, she – and the rest of the right – would be horrified over the actions of their leader.
Watch the entire video below.
Photo of Ann Coulter by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images / Photo of Robert Reich by Win McNamee/Getty Images
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