Daines Condemns Antisemitic Protests, Calls for Defunding of Universities Allowing Violence Against Jewish Students

“This Kind of Hate Has No Place in America.”

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference calling on the Biden administration and Senate Democrats to join him in condemning the antisemitic pro-terror mobs threatening Jewish students on college campuses throughout the country.

Watch Daines’ remarks HERE.

“The outbreak of antisemitism on college campuses across America right now at this moment is reprehensible. This kind of hate has no place in America. And I’ve got to point out the hypocrisy here. These elite universities, they tout diversity and inclusion as long as Jewish students and Jewish professors are excluded. What hypocrisy that we’re seeing at this moment in our country. The First Amendment does protect speech, it does not protect the right to threaten or intimidate Jewish students, much less the violence occurring on campuses.

“Yet that is what we’re seeing across our country today. So, we need to ask ourselves, why are the tax dollars of freedom-loving Americans funding these universities? Let me give you a few examples. Columbia, they have breached a building, the Hamilton building, $1.2 billion last year from the federal government. UCLA, where they’re using wristbands to identify anti-Israel students, nearly a billion dollars. GW, a little closer here to Washington, D.C., where a Palestinian flag now hangs from the statue of George Washington. $200 million of American tax dollars go into that institution.

“So, I have this message to send to President Biden and every single Senate Democrat: Join me, join my Republican colleagues in condemning these violent protests, and defund the universities that refuse to crack down.”