In 2016, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recorded a record number of attempts to disinvite speakers.

That was the year CIA Director John Brennan couldn’t finish speaking at the University of Pennsylvania because left-wing protesters disapproved of Barack Obama’s CIA. It was the year that Janet Mock, a “black, native Hawaiian trans woman and activist,” pulled out of an event at Brown University because left-wing protesters were upset that Hillel, which to their mind deserved to be ostracized for its attachment to Israel, was one of the numerous co-sponsors. Left-wing protesters also tried to drive out the usual suspects, including Ben Shapiro and Charles Murray.


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