By the Daily Post staff
Stanford law students shouted down a conservative federal judge who had been invited to campus to give a speech on “Covid, Guns and Twitter.”
On a widely circulated video, students are heard screaming “scumbag” and “you’re a liar” as Stuart Kyle Duncan, a Trump-appointee on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, stood to give his speech on Thursday.
The shouting became so loud that Duncan asked for an administrator to keep order, according to the video. Tirien Steinbach, the law school’s associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, took to the microphone and gave a speech that accused Duncan of causing “harm.”
“Do you have something so incredibly important to say,” she asked him, that it is worth the “division of these people?”
Duncan had been invited to campus by the Federalist Society and the audience members were not required to attend the speech.
In the video, Duncan is heard calling Steinbach’s decision to take the podium “a setup.”
Later, the judge said, “I think this entire thing is a joke.”
“What happened was inconsistent with our policies on free speech, and we are very sorry about the experience you had while visiting our campus,” they wrote.
Without mentioning her name, they appeared to accuse Steinbach of allowing things to get out of hand.
“Staff members who should have enforced university policies failed to do so, and instead intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university’s commitment to free speech,” the apology letter said.
The letter said Stanford is “taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” but the letter wasn’s specific about what those steps would be.
“If enough of these kids get into the legal profession,” he said, “the rule of law will descend into barbarism.”