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Leaked Emails Lead to Stanford Conservative's Resignation

Leaked Emails Lead to Stanford Conservative's Resignation
Historian Niall Ferguson arrives at the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden for the 2016 Bilderberg Group conference on June 9, 2016 in Dresden, Germany.   (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 03 June 2018 10:01 AM

A conservative political commentator at Stanford University stepped down from his position leading a free speech program after emails revealed he called for "some opposition research" on a liberal student activist, The Guardian reported.

According to leaked emails to the Stanford student newspaper, Niall Ferguson, a British historian, sent emails to Republican student leaders they should "turn to the more subtle game of grinding them down" and suggesting they should "unite against the [social justice warriors]."

The report did not state who leaked the emails which led to Ferguson's resignation from the debate group, Cardinal Conversations.

One of the recipients of the emails was John Rice-Cameron, who is the son of former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Rice-Cameron has claimed his parent's liberalism has pushed him to become a conservative.

"Slowly, we will continue to crush the left's will to resist, as they will crack under pressure," Rice-Cameron wrote in an email response to Ferguson.

Upon his resignation after the email leaks, Ferguson issued a statement, according to The Guardian.

"I very much regret the publication of these emails," Ferguson's statement read. "I also regret having written them.

"Having put a great deal effort into creating and organizing Cardinal Conversations, I was deeply concerned by the events before, during and after the event that took place on February 22. It seemed to me that the Cardinal Conversations student steering committee was in danger of being taken over by elements that were fundamentally hostile to free speech. It was, however, rash of me to seek to involve the Stanford Republicans, and reckless to use such inflammatory language.

"Realizing subsequently that I had made a serious error of judgment, I resigned from Cardinal Conversations on April 16.

"I remain hopeful that Cardinal Conversations will continue to foster free speech on the Stanford campus."

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A conservative political commentator at Stanford University stepped down from his position leading a free speech program after emails revealed he called for "some opposition research" on a liberal student activist, The Guardian reported.
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