Conservative students face doxing threat on Texas college campus

Conservative students face doxing threat on Texas college campus

August 31, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


HALF A MILLION CAR SEATS. AINSLEY? AINSLEY: THANKS SO MUCH, JILLIAN. AS CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS ARRIVE ON CAMPUS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN THEY FACE MORE WORRY. TWITTER ACCOUNT RUN BY A STUDENT GROUP THREATENED TO DOXF INCOMING STUDENTS WHO JOIN CONSERVATIVE STUDENT GROUPS POSTING IN PART IF YOU JOIN YCT OR TURNING POINT U.S.A. YOUR NAME AND MORE COULD END UP ON AN ARTICLE LIKE ONE OF THESE. TO SO MAKE SURE TO MAKE SMART CHOICES. CAMPUS REFORM WENT TO TEXAS FOR UT ORIENTATION TO GET STUDENTS’ REACTION TO THE THREAT.>>IT’S NOT COOL WITH DOXXING. SEEMS LIKE A LOW BLOW TO JUST CALL SOMEBODY OUT FOR WHAT THEIR OPINION IS.>>I MEAN, THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEW WHETHER YOU ARE CONSERVATIVE OR SUPER LIBERAL.>>I’M NOT CONSERVATIVE. I’M ACTUALLY QUITE LIBERAL. BUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S COOL.>>I DON’T THINK PEOPLE ACTUALLY DOCKS YOU ONLINE. I DON’T THINK THEY WILL. I THINK IT’S A THREAT.>>THREATS ARE BAD THOUGH, RIGHT?>>I MEAN, YEAH. I DON’T THINK THEY WILL ACTUALLY DO IT. AINSLEY: WELL YOU JUST SAW CABOT PHILLIPS IN THAT VIDEO. HE IS THE MEDIA DIRECTOR FOR CAMPUS REFORM.ORG AND HE JOINS US NOW. GOOD MORNING, CABOT.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON. AINSLEY: THAT YOUNG LADY SAID SHE DIDN’T THINK THEY WOULD DO IT. YOU AND I KNOW GOOD AND WELL IT CAN HAPPEN AND HAS HAPPENED A LOT.>>IT IS A GROWING TREND. IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO ADMIT STUDENTS ADMIT DOCKS SOMETHING WRONG REGARDLESS OF THE PURPOSE. SADLY BECOMING MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT. NOT JUST SOMETHING ON THE FRINGES OF THE PARTY. WE HAVE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS USING DOCKING TO INTIMIDATE SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AS WE REPORTED LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE CAMPUS REFORM. OTHER PROFESSORS AROUND THE COUNTRY COMING OUT DOXXING STUDENTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF BORDER PATROL, ICE, OTHER CONSERVATIVE CAUSES LIKE THAT. AND I THINK THAT IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WHENEVER THIS DOES ARISE, ESPECIALLY IN AN AGE OF SO LITTLE IDEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY ON CAMPUS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT UNIVERSITIES ARE LETTING STUDENTS KNOW IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION THAT’S NOT POPULAR, WE ARE STILL GOING TO PROTECT IT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET PEOPLE THREATEN YOU FOR YOUR IDEAS. AND I THINK THAT’S HOW YOU SHUT THIS KIND OF MENTALITY DOWN BEFORE IT BECOMES EVEN MORE COMMON. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY AND AS UNIVERSITIES AND MAKE SURE WE SHUT THIS DOWN. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TO THEIR PART HAS REACHED OUT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE THERE IN THE STATE TO MAKE SURE THAT PROVIDING FULL LEGAL SUPPORT TO ANY STUDENTS THAT ARE BEING THREATENED WITH HAVING THEIR INFORMATION RELEASED. AINSLEY: THAT’S GOOD NEWS. HERE IS WHAT THE SCHOOL HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT. STUDENTS SHOULD NEVER BE TARGETED OR FACE HARASSMENT FOR THEIR AFFILIATIONS. POLITICAL BELIEFS OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON. WE ALSO REACHED OUT TO THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO SEE IF THEY COULD IDENTIFY OTHER LEGAL OPTIONS. THEY AGREED TO THAT WE ARE TAKING ALL AVAILABLE STEPS UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES. DO YOU KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?>>WELL, IT WAS AFFILIATED GROUP THERE IN AUSTIN. THEY ARE NOW ANARCHIST GROUP THERE. NOT A DIRECT AFFILIATION WITH A CAMPUS GROUP, BUT CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT MANY STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF AND THE FACT IS EVEN IF THE STUDENTS THERE IN AUSTIN OR AROUND THE COUNTRY AREN’T FAIRING THREATS OF DOXXING, ONCE THEY DO JOIN A CONSERVATIVE CAMPUS CLUB, THEY ARE STILL FACING A LITANY OF OTHER PROBLEMS. WHETHER IT’S THE UNIVERSITY DENYING THEM THE SAME FUNDING THAT LIBERAL GROUPS GET, WHETHER IT’S THE CONTINUAL INDOCTRINATION COMING FROM PROFESSORS IN CLASS. IT WEATHER IT’S FREE SPEECH SUPPRESSION WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO GO OUT AND RECRUIT FOR THEIR GROUPS. THE FACT IS IF YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE STUDENT IF YOU JOIN A GROUP ON CAMPUS IT’S STILL AN UPHILL BATTLE FOR YOU WHETHER YOUR INFORMATION IS PUBLISHED OR NOT. I THINK WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE UNIVERSITIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING LIKE IT APPEARS THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS DOING RIGHT HERE AND ALSO HOLD GROUPS ACCOUNTABLE AND LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE NOT OUTSIDE THE LAW JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE SHUTTING DOWN CONSERVATIVE IDEAS. AND JUST BECAUSE IT MAY BE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FOR SOME IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU ARE IMMUNE FROM THE LAW. AINSLEY: DID ANY PROFESSOR REACT TO THIS?>>WELL, WE DID SEE A TWEET FROM PROFESSOR ALEX WILD THERE IN THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AT TEXAS. HE CAME OUT, KIND OF SAYING IF YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE STUDENT, MAYBE THIS IS WHAT YOU DESERVE. HE WENT ON TO GO ON AND TWEET — ACTUALLY HE SAID IF YOU ARE A SUPPORTER OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THIS POINT YOU ARE A NAZI STILL. THERE IS AN ENTIRE OTHER SERIES OF TWEETS WHERE HE SAID THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS ARE IN SUPPORT OF ETHNIC CLEANSING AND SO THAT WAS ANOTHER ASPECT OF THIS STORY WHERE THE PROFESSOR CAME OUT, SEEMED TO SUPPORT THIS AND I ACTUALLY ASKED STUDENTS ABOUT THAT AS WELL. AND THEY WERE SPLIT. HALF OF THEM SAYING WELL, I AGREE WITH THE PROFESSOR. I THINK THAT’S A GOOD THING. THE OTHER HALF SAYING I DON’T WANT MY PROFESSOR TO SOUND LIKE THE COMMENT SECTION IN THE YOUTUBE VIDEO. THAT PROFESSOR CERTAINLY HAD AN OPINION. AND I THINK MOST AMERICANS CAN AGREE NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SEE FROM A TAXPAYER FUNDED EMPLOYEE. AINSLEY: I WONDER HOW THE SCHOOL WILL HANDLE THAT IT IS FREE SPEECH. AT THE SAME TIME SOME OF