YAF sues, claims university winked at far-left mob

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

YAF free speech signA conservative student group is suing a public university after a renowned economist was denied the ability to speak on campus late last year, alleging university administrators willingly supported the far-left mob over the First Amendment. 

Young America's Foundation is suing Binghampton University after economist Dr. Arthur Laffer was disrupted by protesters when he attempted to speak on the topic of President Trump and trade.

Binghampton, part of the University of New York system, is home to approximately 18,200 students.

The speech, sponsored by YAF, never happened because it was disrupted by far-left groups College Progressives and Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow.

According to ADF, not only did far-left students disrupt the speech but they were literally welcomed to the event by college administrators and given an adjacent room to organize before the speech began.

ADF is working with a law firm, King and Spalding, in the lawsuit that was filed July 22.  

“The university did worse than nothing,” says King and Spalding attorney Andrew Hruska. “They actively encouraged the disruption. They were fully aware the disruption was planned.”

In a detailed press release, ADF suggests the mob that shut down the speech was a predictable -- and expected -- outcome. Four days before the speech, an angry mob destroyed a College Republicans display when left-wing groups learned the college students were “tabling” to promote Lafferty’s appearance.

A video of the incident, which can be seen here (caution: strong language), shows the left-wing students angrily cursing and harassing the College Republican students before the mob swipes the political materials and turns the tables over.  

“Pack this [expletive] up. It’s time to go,” one student says as she tosses the materials on the ground.

“The fact that y’all are comfortable to even do this,” another student lectures, “means that we’re not doing enough.”

At the end of the seven-minute video, several campus police officers are shown at the mob scene, but it appears no arrests were made even as students harassed and threatened the conservative students in plain sight of the police officers. One officer even notes the ground was littered with damaged and destroyed YAF materials. 

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