A couple Notre Dame students who participated in the walkout during Vice President Pence’s speech this past Sunday have came out and said they left because… oh man… Pence made people feel “unsafe”.
Luis Miranda and Aniela Tyksinski appeared on CNN to defend the walkout, stating the the commencement address is not a proper place to have differeing political views. Which, of course, Pence’s speech wasn’t about any of that but I digress…
“The walkout was in response to the fact that members of our own community felt unwelcome, uncomfortable, and even unsafe,” Tyksinski claimed. “This was not the appropriate event for this kind of political discourse..this should have been an event for all graduates and all of their family members.”
As written for The Daily Caller by Amber Athey:
Miranda said he could not say if colleges are too liberal, but claimed to support free speech despite being unwilling to listen to Pence’s address.
“I cannot speak to the stereotype but…yes, there are difficulties over free speech,” he said. “It’s hard to have these conversations and we agree that free speech is a very important thing and that we shouldn’t be shutting it out.”
Baldwin jumped in, arguing with the recent graduates, “but you can understand how people are saying, well, how can you be welcoming if you’re not respecting — despite the fact that you totally disagree with his views — not welcoming the Vice President of the United States?”