After being invited to be amongst guest speakers in the virtual commencement speech for 2020 class, Ivanka Trump reported being scrapped off the schedule by organizers in Wichita State University in Kansas state.
Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2020
Listening to one another is important now more than ever!https://t.co/VW6W8TIL9c
White House adviser and daughter of US President, Ivanka Trump, was invited last February to deliver a speech during the ceremony celebrating the graduation of 2020 class.
However, her scheduled speech, which was recorded mid-May, has been cancelled from airing during the ceremony last Saturday, apparently pressured by voices that oppose Trump's policies, especially amidst on-going protests that started following the death of African American George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Using her Twitter account, Trump posted a video of the speech through the official White House channel, adding in a tweet in which she condemned what she described as 'cancel culture' that "campuses shouldn't be bastions of free speech" and calling on people to listen to each other.
Ivanka Trump's commencement speech was canceled because social justice is a disease https://t.co/WXGy5AgkFk— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 5, 2020
Additionally, Ivanka's brother Donald Trump Jr. tweeted in support of her quoting a news article that called social justice "a disease."
It was a political ploy. @RonEstesKS and @SecPompeo are both from Wichita. The public outcry was deafening. Nearly 500 faculty, former & current students signed the letter to WSUTech President demanding she be cancelled. Her posting the video is shameful!— Jozelle Wallace (@JozelleW) June 6, 2020
That’s what I want to know. I am an alumni and this pisses me off - I have already asked and not received a response yet.— SlowNSteady (@tammydressel) June 6, 2020
The news drew mixed reactions among social media users, with many supporting the university's decision, in addition to others who highlighted possible violations of "freedom of expression targeting the Trump administration."
Again our liberal Wichita Eagle reporters use the “public outcry when describing the liberals that didn’t want a trump giving the commencement speech. Way to go you disgusting liberals at Wichita State University.— Leep (@BravoDug) June 6, 2020
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