WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: Colleges Should Be Bastions of Free Speech

By Melanie Arter | November 18, 2020 | 3:10pm EST
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany smiles during a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club in The Villages, Florida on October 23, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany smiles during a campaign rally at The Villages Polo Club in The Villages, Florida on October 23, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that she hopes Harvard University officials will push back against a petition circulated by students to block Trump administration officials from teaching, speaking or attending classes at the university.

When asked whether McEnany, a Harvard Law School graduate, would challenge the students, the press secretary told Fox Business’s “Varney & Co.” she “absolutely” would.


“I hope the administration stands firm against this sort of call from censorship among the students, because when I was there, there was this uprising of leftists on campus that tried to silence the speech of people from the right and conservative individuals, and the administration actually stood up against them,” she said.

McEnany said that when she attended the university, leftist students “asked for exam exemptions during a time of racial protests.”

“The administration said, no, you have to show up for your exams, so I hope the administration the same way they did when I was there rebukes this movement, because censorship should not be tolerated. Our academic community should be bastions of free speech and the countering and jousting of ideas, not the censorship of the viewpoint that you feel is unpalatable,” she said.

When asked whether she plans to go back to the school, challenge the students and see what happens, McEnany said, “Absolutely I would do just that, Stuart. I will happily walk back on campus and challenge this. 

“While I was there, I was very vocal about my support for President Trump back in 2015 and 2016. I was not ashamed to espouse my conservative views even if it brought me the ire of other students, and I certainly would be opening to challenge that along with many others in this administration,” she said.

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