During a commencement address at Harvard on Thursday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized university administrators, faculty and students for what he called a disturbing trend of liberals silencing voices “deemed politically objectionable.”
“This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw — or have their invitations rescinded — after protests from students and — to me, shockingly — from senior faculty and administrators who should know better.”
Bloomberg pointed to three recent examples — all involving commencement addresses:
- Brown University, where ex-NYC police commissioner Ray Kelly was shouted down by student protesters opposed to the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. The university canceled Kelly's speech.
- Rutgers, where former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew amid protests.
- Smith College, where International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde withdrew following a student petition.
While Bloomberg's comments were spot on, they came as somewhat of a surprise — to some conservatives, at least.
Not only has the billionaire (unsuccessfully) poured millions of dollars into defeating conservative candidates around the country; his controversial Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has seen former supporters leave the PAC in droves, citing attacks on the Second Amendment and law abiding citizens as their reason for leaving.
Then, of course, there was that whole Big Gulp thing.
Anyway, kudos to Bloomberg. Maybe they'll listen to him. After all, it's not like he's Ann Coulter or someone.