VIDEO: Cabot Phillips slams growing trend of campus 'mob mentality' against conservatives
- Cabot Phillips reacted Tuesday to Campus Reform's five craziest stories this year.
- Phillips said the left's "mob mentality" has contributed to a normalization of violence.
Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips joined Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to discuss some of the craziest campus stories of 2019, which Campus Reform listed Monday as part of the year-end roundup series.
One of the stories happened at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where students voted to "remove and replace" the George the Colonial mascot after some said it was offensive. Phillips reacted to that story, attributing it to the "growing trend of students doing everything in their power to remove anything that could offend them."
"And this is really the result of a culture that incentivizes people to be offended by things and a lot of these students realize, 'hey when we say that something offends us or oppresses us, the university will bow down," Phillips added.
Philips then reacted to second story, which occurred at Binghamton University in New York State as conservative students tried to table to recruit new members to join their student group and promote the message of conservatism on campus.
"We saw in this video...things devolving into mob mentality, where there's threatening language being used, harassment. In this video, these students were forcibly removing these tables, packing things up, getting in students' faces, threatening to fight them...and sadly that has become the norm," Phillips explained.
"When you're unaccustomed to hearing ideas that you haven't ever heard before, and on a college campus that's conservative ideas, naturally, you're not going to know how to respond to them," Phillips continued, adding that for "so many conservative students, they want to go set up a conservative group, they want to go out and wear their MAGA hat out on campus or espouse conservative ideas, and they're often met with these threats and intimidation because so many of their peers have never heard conservative ideas."
Don't just take it from Phillips, though. Campus Reform's editor-in-chief also reacted to one conservative activist who was attacked at the University of California-Berkeley while helping conservative students recruit new members. Hayden Williams, an employee of Campus Reform's parent organization the Leadership Institute, suffered a blow to the face by one campus leftist in February, as shown on video.
Phillips predicted this growing problem on campus would only worsen in 2020, as a recent poll shows that nearly 20 percent of college students say violence is an acceptable way to respond to stop what they may perceive as hate speech.
"The problem is they label everything hate speech and so violence becomes a much more common response," Phillips pointed out.