KIRO NEWSRADIO OPINION

Ross: When it comes to hate speech, are you with me?

Dec 12, 2023, 7:06 AM | Updated: 8:59 am

Stefanik...

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29: Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) speaks during a news conference with House Republican leadership at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We now know that if you’re a university president, you need to take a strong stand against hate speech. Last week New York Rep. Elaine Stefanik confronted three college presidents about the anti-Israel demonstration on campus.

Here she is going after Harvard President Claudine Gay.

Stefanik: Will admission offers be rescinded or any disciplinary actions be taken against students or applicants who say ‘from the river to the sea’ or Intifada advocating for the murder of Jews?

Gay: As I’ve said, that type of hateful, wreckless, offensive speech is personally abhorrent to me.

Stefanik: What action will be taken?

Gay: When speech crosses into conduct that violates our policies, including policies against bullying, harassment, or intimidation, we take action to hold individuals accountable.

Stefanik: What action has been taken against students who are harassing or calling for the genocide of Jews on Haravard’s campus?

None of the presidents gave the answer Stefanik apparently wanted – which I think was that such students should be kicked out.

And I get it – when people make threats these days you have to take them at their word. What I DON’T get is why all the focus is on the college presidents, instead of the complete turnaround for Elise Stefanik – because she has not exactly been a crusader against hate speech. Until now anyway.

In 2022 she voted against a federal red flag law designed to disarm people who post hate speech on social media.

“This gun control bill” – I’m quoting her news release from June 24, 2022 – “contains unconstitutional red flag laws that take away due process rights and will have no effect on deterring criminals… Disarming people would only hurt law-abiding citizens.”

More Dave Ross: When deterrence doesn’t work with the Gaza War

And that’s what I DON’T get. For all that tough talk – demanding to know “what have you done to discipline students who spew hate speech” – when it came to preventing that hate speech from turning into violence, she was just as timid.

So in case I ever get hauled before her committee, let me just say that I would absolutely kick students out of school for promoting genocide – but I wouldn’t stop there. I’d also ban them from social media and send the police to their homes to make sure they don’t have access to weapons.

And I would put their names on a no-buy list so they can’t buy any weapons in the future. Are you with me Representative Stefanik? By the way, I also believe anyone who calls for the hanging of the vice president during an attack on the U.S. Capitol should be stripped of their citizenship. Are you still with me?

News note:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard President Claudine Gay will remain leader of the prestigious Ivy League school following her comments last week at a congressional hearing on antisemitism, the university’s highest governing body announced Tuesday.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

KIRO Newsradio Opinion

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: People are getting stupider!

Remember the good old days? You know the days when people were eloquent and enjoyed reading and knowledge? Jack Stine and Spike O’Neill don’t. Like for example, people say the word “like” a lot, like whenever they’re talking (see what we did there.) Jack & Spike respond to a video that literally makes them stop […]

24 hours ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: 60 Minutes Did Cillian Murphy Dirty

It’s Oscar season and this means a lot actors are doing interviews. One particular piece done by 60 Minutes with Best Actor nominee Cillian Murphy stands out… and not in a good way. Jack Stine and Spike O’Neill respond to 60 Minutes “on the nose” location for the interview. The only clue you need: Cillian […]

1 day ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: The Naked Man Festival Is No More

If you had travelling to Japan for the annual Naked Men Festival on your bucket list… we have some bad news. After more than 1000 years, the festival has been permanently canceled. Listen to the John Curley and Shari Elliker Show every weekday at 3pm on KIRO Newsraio 97.3 FM Listen to KIRO Newsradio 97.3 […]

2 days ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Cringe or Based: Bribing A Cop Is Never A Good Idea

Pro Tip: Next time you get detained by a police officer, don’t bribe them. Better yet, don’t bribe them with drugs. Jack & Spike discuss a Ferndale woman accused of attempting to bribe a deputy with drugs while detained. Cringe or Based? Let us know in the comments below. Tune in live to The Jack […]

2 days ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Watch the NYPD Dance the Night Away

Jack Stine is not a bigger dancer (that’s a shock.) But if you play “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner, he will dance the night away. Do you know who shouldn’t? Police Officers. Enter the NYPD Dance Team. It’s nice to see the good people of New York’s police force being put to good use. Yes, […]

2 days ago

Seattle Pacific University...

Travis Mayfield, Guest Commentary

Mayfield: New president deserves space to help SPU find way forward

Deana Porterfield will officially become the first woman to lead Seattle Pacific University as President in the school’s 130-year history.

2 days ago

Ross: When it comes to hate speech, are you with me?