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Sessions' Speech At Amherst Gets Liberal Student Pushback

Sessions' Speech At Amherst Gets Liberal Student Pushback
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Zach Gibson/Getty)
 

By    |   Wednesday, 24 April 2019 04:11 PM

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly expected to face student protests — and possibly some empty seats — at a planned speech at Amherst College in Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Sessions, invited by the Amherst College Republicans, was expected to focus on President Donald Trump’s appeal to voters and how the issues that shaped the 2016 election will play a role in 2020, Newsweek reported.

But the Amherst College Direct Action Coordinating Committee vowed to speak out against Sessions’ policies both in the Senate and at the Department of Justice — and scheduled a competing educational event, Newsweek reported.

The news outlet reported part of the strategy is apparently snapping up tickets to minimize the audience for Sessions.

"For people to be buying tickets … and they’re not gonna come, so [fewer] people can actually hear him talk. I was not expecting that," Rob Barasch, president of the Amherst College Republicans, told the news outlet, adding the visit had been in the works since February.

Barasch said he wasn’t surprised at the pushback, however, calling the College Republicans the "most hated group" on the liberal campus — and noting people were unhappy when former GOP Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke at Amherst.

"I feel like we go to such a liberal school, even myself, I was shocked when President Trump won the election in 2016," Barasch told Newsweek.

"So, to have somebody come in and say, 'What was it about all these states that voted for Donald Trump to be the president of the United States?' I think would offer great insight and a diverse political viewpoint, which isn’t really present on this campus at this moment."

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