Speaker Johnson Calls On Columbia President Shafik To Resign: ‘Very Weak, Inept Leader’
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 24: Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson visits Columbia University where student have Gaza Solidarity Encampment for a news conference as he calls on Columbia University president Minouche Shafik to resign, in New York, United States on April 24, 2024. US House Speaker Mike Johnson faced boos and loud chants from protesting students as he delivered a speech during his visit to Columbia University on Wednesday.
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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) called on Columbia University President Minouche Shafik to resign over her handling of the anti-Semitic protests on campus over the last several days.

Johnson made the remarks while visiting the campus with other Republican lawmakers as they met with Jewish students about the attacks they’ve faced.

“Sadly, Columbia’s administrators have chosen to let the threats, the fear and the intimidation of the mob rule to overtake American principles like free speech and the free exchange of ideas and the free exercise of religion,” Johnson said. “They have co-opted First Amendment arguments to protect genocide, and to elevate the voices of anti-Semitism. They have proven themselves to be incapable of achieving their basic responsibility, which is keeping students safe.”

“We just can’t allow this kind of hatred and anti-Semitism to flourish on our campuses and it must be stopped in its tracks,” he continued. “Those who are perpetrating this violence should be arrested. And I’m here today joining my colleagues and calling on President Shafik to resign if she cannot immediately bring order to this chaos.”


“As Speaker of the House, I am committing today that the Congress will not be silent as Jewish students are expected to run for their lives and stay home from their classes hiding in fear,” he added. “In the House of Representatives, we’ve already acted to address anti-Semitism on campuses. We have passed a number of statutes to address this matter, and we call upon the U.S. Senate to act upon our legislation.”


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