A conservative speaker says he still has gotten no apology for an assault by a protester at a university which has allowed political violence to “fester on campus.”
Michael Knowles called the attack against him at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Thursday and the response a “warning shot” by Leftists in what is “fascism as clear as fascism can be.”
The Fox News contributor and host of “The Michael Knowles Show” on the Daily Wire told Tucker Carlson Friday that he was “smeared baselessly” after the incident when a protester attempted to throw an “odorous substance” thought to be bleach on him as he spoke at an event hosted by the university’s College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom.
Univ campus turns ugly when protester throws ‘bleach’ at conservative speaker, one injury, an arrest ensue https://t.co/zAPe1yqOux
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 12, 2019
“I woke up this morning expecting an apology for being assaulted during a lecture that I was invited to give at the University of Missouri. Instead, I was smeared baselessly as a bigot,” he said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday.
“They referred to my claim that men are not women as an extreme viewpoint and they tacitly are permitting political violence to fester on campus,” he said, referring to his speech on the topic, “Men Are Not Women” which he thought would be the most “innocuous” but instead prompted a hysterical backlash.
The protester who threw the substance, later determined not to be bleach, was arrested after a struggle with police. The university initially responded saying it condemned “physical disruptions of peaceful activities.”
We have a responsibility to allow free speech, but we cannot condone physical disruptions of peaceful activities. We believe free speech can be exercised constructively in a way that doesn’t put people at risk. We are gathering facts and will review campus policies & procedures.
— UMKC (@UMKansasCity) April 12, 2019
But the school’s chancellor went a step further, apparently praising the students while condemning Knowles.
At least the University of Missouri-Kansas City apologized for the physical assault and relentless shouting I endured last night as an invited speaker on campus.
JUST KIDDING! The Chancellor of the university just sent out an email baselessly smearing me as a bigot. pic.twitter.com/tUPEE0FCW9
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) April 12, 2019
“A student group brought a speaker to campus – a speaker whose professed opinions do not align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our goal of providing a welcoming environment to all people, particularly to our LGBT community,” Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal wrote in a statement.
Knowles blasted Agrawal as a “disgrace to higher education,” slamming the university for abandoning its conservative students while encouraging “the agitators” who use the “heckler’s veto” against those they disagree with, and resort to violence if all else fails.
Carlson noted that Americans are “complicit” in the actions because “we don’t do anything about it” despite the University of Missouri being publicly funded.
“This was a warning shot to conservatives on colleges around the country that if you don’t shut up. If you don’t kowtow to leftist orthodoxy you will be bullied. You will be shouted down. You will be physically intimidated and maybe next time that substance will be a little more dangerous, a little more toxic,” Knowles told Carlson.
He added that the protesters shouted him down from the very start of his lecture because they “have no argument.”
“They have no way to win in the battle of ideas so they’re going to bully every person who does not agree with their ridiculous ideological fantasies,” he said.
“And we need to fight back,” Knowles declared, announcing that his college speaking tour “just got 10 campuses longer.”