- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Former Reagan administration official Arthur Laffer spoke out Wednesday after leftist protesters shut down his speech at Binghamton University, resulting in two arrests earlier this week.

Mr. Laffer, who served as an economic adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan and was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump, told “Fox & Friends” that he had never run into opposition on a college campus like he did Monday at Binghamton in New York.

“I got my Ph.D. out in California at Stanford, when there were the riots at Sproul Hall at the University of Berkeley,” he said. “So, I’ve seen riots, but this was one just trying to stop opposition speech, stuff they don’t like, and they just didn’t understand it at all. They have no concept of economics.”

Mr. Laffer’s lecture, sponsored by the school’s Young America’s Foundation chapter, was meant to tout the current administration’s economic policy but he said he wasn’t able to get a single word out.

“These students clearly just don’t want free speech,” he said. “They just want you to not talk because you’re old, you’re white, and you’re a male. I mean, that’s just apparent. Just by looking at you, they decide you’re not worth it.”

Binghamton issued a statement Monday condemning the students who disrupted Mr. Laffer’s speech, saying the two individuals who made the biggest disturbance, including someone with a bullhorn, had been arrested.

“The university is incredibly disappointed with the events that happened tonight, particularly given that demonstrators were provided an adjacent lecture hall to engage in a counter discussion,” the school said. “The protesters chose instead to infringe on the expressive activity of others and to prevent those who wished to hear the speaker from doing so.

“The investigation of student organizations and individual students who encouraged or participated in any activity that violated applicable law and University policies continues,” the statement continued. “The university reserves the right to pursue appropriate charges or disciplinary action against those organizations and individuals as relevant information is confirmed.”

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