White House wrongly calls for investigation into UNLV professor’s comments

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Joe Cohn

“Video of UNLV history professor Tessa Winkelmann’s in-class comments last Thursday, in which she said that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was at least partially to blame for the Oct. 1 massacre of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, has drawn the ire of the White House. … Troublingly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the [Las Vegas Review-Journal] in a subsequent interview that she agreed with the student, calling for an investigation into the professor’s comments. … Although the White House has the right to respond to criticisms, the professor’s comments clearly constituted protected speech and should never be subjected to investigation. Investigations into protected classroom speech are incompatible with academic freedom.” (10/09/17)