A conservative judge who was heckled at Stanford Law School has claimed student protestors screamed that they hoped his daughters would be raped before the equity dean ambushed him in ‘a staged public shaming’.
Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 51, who was appointed by Donald Trump, was asked to give a speech at the famous law school last week about the circuit’s Court of Appeals by the student chapter of the Federalist Society.
However, when he arrived at the school, he was met by around 100 students yelling obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: ‘We hope your daughters get raped.’
The judge also saw signs on campus that read ‘you should be ASHAMED’, with others claiming he had committed ‘crimes against women, gays, blacks and “trans people,”‘ he wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
‘Stanford Law School’s website touts its “collegial culture” in which “collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning,”‘ he said. ‘This didn’t seem “collegial.”‘
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Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 51, who was appointed by Donald Trump, was asked to give a speech at the famous law school last week about the circuit’s Court of Appeals by the student chapter of the Federalist Society
He was warned prior to his arrival that there may be protesters and the school had to allow it, but reassured him they were ‘on top of it.’ If there was any disruption, the school would handle it, he was told, but Duncan said that didn’t happen.
Students stormed into the classroom with signs reading ‘FED SUCK’ and ‘Trans Lives Matter’ to heckle him about his judicial decision in the case US vs Varner, where a ‘federal prisoner serving a term for attempted receipt of child pornography…petitioned our court to order that he be called by feminine pronouns.’
‘As my opinion explained, federal courts can’t control what pronouns people use. The Stanford protesters saw it differently: My opinion had “denied a transwoman’s existence.”‘
Despite the abuse, the Federalist Society president still tried to introduce Duncan so he could give his speech, but the students interrupted ‘every third word.’
‘”The Federalist Society (You suck!) is pleased to welcome Judge Kyle Duncan (You’re not welcome here, we hate you!). He was appointed by President Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Embarrassing!)” And so on,’ he wrote about the introduction.
He tried to persevere but eventually stopped to asked the students to cut out the insults. But they kept going so eventually he asked for an administrator to step in.
However, when he arrived at the school, he was met by around 100 students screaming obscenities at him, including one protester who told him: ‘We hope your daughters get raped’
He eventually asked for an administrator when the heckling wouldn’t stop and in stepped the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tirien Steinbach. She asked to speak before the group, which confused Duncan, who said ‘something felt off’
The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tirien Steinbach, stepped in but instead of calming the students down, she ‘insisted she wanted to talk to all of us,’ Duncan said.
‘Something felt off,’ he wrote. ‘Students began screaming, and I reluctantly gave way. Whereupon Ms. Steinbach opened a folio, took out a printed sheaf of papers, and delivered a six-minute speech addressing the question: “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”‘
Video footage of the event shows the altercation between the associate dean and the judge.
‘Can I say something to him, is that okay?’ Steinbach asked the students before turning to Duncan. ‘Is that okay?’
Duncan reiterated that they were ‘heckling’ him and asked for an administrator, which caused to students yell that she was. Steinbach’s head can be seen aggressively nodding yes, but the students yelling made it unable to hear what she was telling him.
‘I would like to help,’ she told Duncan.
‘In what way?’ he replied. As students screamed that his ‘racism was showing’ and to ‘respect black women,’ the judge eventually conceded, saying: ‘I guess I have to let her.’
She then took the lectern and said: ‘I had to write something down because I’m so uncomfortable up here,’ before launching into her six-minute speech.
Steinbach took the lectern and then pulled out a prepared six-minutes speech, where she called his work ‘abhorrent.’ Stanford leaders would later apologize to Duncan for the students and for Steinbach ‘failing’ to follow campus policy
In her address, Duncan claimed she called his work ‘abhorrent’ and said it had ’caused harm’ because it ‘literally denies the humanity of people.’ She also claimed that his presence on campus put her in a tough spot because it was her job to ‘create a space of belonging for all people.’
‘She assured me I was “absolutely welcome in this space” because “me and many people in this administration do absolutely believe in free speech,”‘ he claimed she told him.
‘I didn’t feel welcome – who would?’
After opening the floor back up to him, a student asked the others to tone it down so they could ask questions. Duncan resumed with his prepared material, but students began to ‘hurl abuse, including vile sexual innuendo.’
Two US Marshal then escorted Duncan off campus.
Law School Dean, Jenny Martinez, and Stanford President, Marc Tessier-Lavinge, have since ‘formally apologized, confirming that protesters and administrators had violated Stanford policy’ days later.
‘I’m grateful and I accepted. The matter hasn’t dropped, though,’ he wrote.
Duncan claimed the students are still protesting by wearing masks and forming a human corridor, all in protest because Martinez ‘apologized to me.’
Students held signs that read ‘trans lives matter’ (pictured) and ‘FED SUCK’
Duncan was slammed in the media for calling the protestors ‘appalling idiots’ and ‘bullies,’ but he claims in his op-ed that ‘sometimes anger is the proper response to vicious behavior.’
He also slammed the elite law school for failing to teach future lawyers the ‘basic concepts of legal discourse: That one must meet reason with reason, not power. That the law protects the speaker from the mob, not the mob from the speaker.’
‘Worst of all, Ms. Steinbach’s remarks made clear she is proud that Stanford students are being taught this is the way law should be.’
Martinez and Tessier-Lavinge admitted that staff ‘should have enforced university policies’ and had ‘failed’ to do so. They said Steinbach ‘intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university’s commitment to free speech.’
‘We are taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again. Freedom of speech is a bedrock principle for the law school, the university, and a democratic society, and we can and must do better to ensure that it continues even in polarized times,’ the apology letter concluded.