In an interview with the liberal Huffington Post, millennial hero Bernie Sanders diverged from his leftist buddies to take a refreshing stand for free speech, which has become increasingly under fire on college campuses across America.
Speaking about the current fallout following an invitation to conservative commentator and New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, Sanders said he was displeased with the college students' reaction.
"I don’t like this. I don’t like it," said Sanders.
"Obviously Ann Coulter’s outrageous ― to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation," the Vermont socialist added.
The 2016 presidential candidate shamed the millennials trying to shut up Coulter further, explaining that this was "a sign of intellectual weakness."
"To me, it’s a sign of intellectual weakness," he stated. "If you can’t ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?"
The senator continued: "What are you afraid of ― her ideas? Ask her the hard questions," he said. "Confront her intellectually. Booing people down, or intimidating people, or shutting down events, I don’t think that that works in any way."
Coulter was set to speak on campus on April 27, before the university canceled the speech because they allegedly could not find a space they felt they could adequately protect from violent leftist protesters threatening Coulter. After the firebrand and conservative media put pressure on the university, Berkeley backed down, offering Coulter a chance to speak on campus on May 2 at a different location.
Coulter, unsatisfied, tweeted that she'd be coming at the end of April as planned:
Last Thursday, an attorney for the Young America's Foundation sent a letter to Berkeley's vice chancellor threatening to take the university to federal court if it did not honor its invitation to Coulter as planned.
Some on the Left, such as former DNC Chair Howard Dean, have suggested Coulter doesn't have a right to speak on campus at all, saying that her supposed "hate speech" is not protected free speech.