The great Republican counter-protest of 2024

Source: Semafor
by David Weigel

“The Republican counteroffensive against the protesters has taken two forms. One has been a wave of legislation and hearings that aim to limit criticism of Israel on campus. The other is a combination of hearings and media hits that highlight, and sometimes overstate, the most offensive reports of what’s happening there. … The White House has tried for weeks to differentiate between ‘peaceful protesters’ and agitators. Comer and other Republicans don’t get so specific. The existence of the campus protests is a reason to pull back government grants to universities and student loan forgiveness; Cotton’s ‘No Bailouts for Campus Criminals’ legislation would bar people ‘convicted of any offense’ from getting that.” (05/08/24)