Republicans face off with more university leaders over protests

by ian

Another group of university leaders were called before Congress yesterday to defend the decisions they made regarding how to handle antisemitic protests on their campuses.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee hosted the presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers universities, as well as the president of the University of California, Los Angeles. Also in attendance was Frederick Lawrence, the former president of Brandeis University and former dean of the George Washington University Law School.

But the hearing took a particular focus on the current university presidents, who all claimed that they acted as quickly and effectively as possible to bring down illegal anti-Israel encampments.

Despite such claims, Republicans were less than happy with these testimonies. Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) decried the “capitulating” attitude of the presidents during her opening statement.

One particular heated moment happened during questioning from New York Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), who honed in on Northwestern President Michael Schill.

Democrats, for the most part, agreed that the encampments were a problem to address and many expressed exasperation over what they said was a lack of action.