Biden: ‘You Should Be Able to Listen to Another Point of View’ on College Campuses

By NTK Staff | 10.17.2017 @4:31pm

"We hurt ourselves badly when we don't allow the speech to take place," Biden said on Tuesday on a college campus.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said that students on college campuses, “should be able to listen to another’s point of view as virulent as it may be,” during a discussion with Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich on Tuesday.

A student from the University of Delaware asked Biden about the recent protests of various conservative speakers on college campuses and what he thought about them. The student also asked how he would encourage college students to be more accepting of differing viewpoints.

“When I was coming up through college and graduate school, free speech was the big issue. But it was the opposite. It was liberals who were shouted down when they spoke, and liberals have very short memories,” Biden said.

“The first amendment means what it says,” he continued. “You’re not allowed to stand up and yell fire in this auditorium. But, you are allowed to stand up and say, ‘Biden, I think you’re an absolute jerk.'”

“We hurt ourselves badly when we don’t allow the speech to take place,” he added.

Biden then said that the violence that occurred on college campuses wasn’t the fault of the conservative speakers but rather those protesting the speech.

“Look, if your idea is big enough, it should be able to compete, and you should be able to listen to another point of view as virulent as it may be and reject it,” Biden continued. “The best thing to do is let this stuff be exposed.”

“Don’t be like these other people,” he said. “Don’t give the Trumps of the world the ability to compare you to the Nazis…because you’re doing the same thing.”

“The first amendment is one of the defining features of who we are in the Bill of Rights,” Biden concluded. “To shut it down in the name of what is appropriate is simply wrong.”

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