Hillary Clinton is celebrated as an unstoppable force who has had to contend with male bullying nonetheless, such as when Rep. Rick Lazio approached her debate podium in a threatening manner in 2000, or when she was interrupted 70 times during her first presidential debate with Donald Trump.
It’s no wonder, then, that Chelsea Clinton would take a personal interest in BuzzFeed’s piece on how Trump has inspired school bullies.
Trump has redefined "bully pulpit" as his words & actions inspire school bullies across the country: https://t.co/Sv7MzfFO3T
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 6, 2017
First, make no mistake: bullying is wrong. The incidents cited in BuzzFeed’s article are for the most part inexcusable, although simply chanting “Donald Trump” seems to stretch the boundaries of bullying.
As long as we’re on the subject of bullying at school, though, there certainly does seem to have been a drastic uptick in on-campus bullying since Trump’s election. A mob “violently set upon the car” that was supposed to carry Charles Murray off campus at Middlebury, and Black Lives Matters protesters took over the stage and threw a mock punch at Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University while security did nothing.
And then there were the infamous protests at Evergreen State in Olympia, Wash., after a progressive professor objected to a day without whites on campus. The professor at the center of that mob scene, who held his class in a nearby park after police warned he might not be safe on campus, tweeted this Instagram photo of the new social-justice enforcers at Evergreen.
— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) June 5, 2017
Only a baseball bat can truly enforce tolerance. https://t.co/4FFGVX4upC
— Heat Street (@heatstreet) June 6, 2017
Heat Street reports that “one of the demands made by protesters is to abolish the campus police and replace it with student-led community policing. This kind of bat-wielding vigilantism is the warped extension of this idea.” The College Fix obtained a memo from a school official noting that “carrying bats is causing many to feel unsafe and intimidated” and that “the bats must be put away immediately in order to protect all involved.”
The place looks to be in great shape:
— HotAir.com (@hotairblog) June 6, 2017
Speaking of the College Fix, the site has the story of a student who feels she was bullied right out of Emerson College.
— The College Fix (@CollegeFix) June 6, 2017
Lexie Kaufman’s conservative opinions put her at odds with other students and faculty members, but a photo with Milo Yiannopoulos she posted to Facebook got the attention of a Facebook group called “All the brown pplz.”
There, a student referred to Kaufman as a white supremacist, according to screenshots of the thread obtained by The College Fix.
“She’s my suitemate,” commented another student, with her words followed by an emoji and a gun pointing at it.
One student mentioned Kaufman’s future role as a campus orientation leader and the comments devolved into whether Kaufman should lose that post because of the photo.
By all means, if Chelsea Clinton wants to dedicate herself to the problem of bullying in schools, she should, but she has a lot more research to do.
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Students puzzled that school allowed 'Great Wall of Trump' that makes them feel unsafe, knock it down https://t.co/2yhaskPNF7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 21, 2016