Jake Tapper Confronts NY Mayor Eric Adams Over Columbia Protests: ‘Is That Hate Speech or Is That Protected Free Speech?’ | Video

The university canceled in-person classes on Monday days after calling police to arrest demonstrators

Jake Tapper and Eric Adams discuss protests on Columbia University
Jake Tapper and Eric Adams discuss protests on Columbia University (CREDIT: CNN)

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday, “Where is the line?” between the right to free speech and the need for public safety on college campuses. Their conversation followed clashes between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups at multiple colleges.

Columbia University canceled in-person classes on Monday and tensions remained high after last week’s arrest of more than 100 demonstrators. The students camped out on campus to ask for a ceasefire in Gaza and for the university to divest from companies with ties to Israel.

Tapper began by noting that most of the college protests have been peaceful ones and that protests haven’t been confined to campuses alone.

He asked Adams, “Do you think Columbia is doing enough to protect its students, especially its Jewish students? And do you worry that sending in NYPD might actually inflame matters?”

Adams noted, “I’ve participated in protests throughout my life and particularly [against] South Africa, calling for the dismantling of apartheid. That is one of the fundamental rights we hold dear as Americans, the right to protest.”

The mayor said that some of the “vile” antisemitic comments Tapper quoted “on the surface are not illegal, but if you use it to harass someone, we’re going to take appropriate action to stop them from taking place, and we will go on private property for imminent threat.”

“Free speech is an important part of being an American. Where is the line?” Tapper asked. “For example, I’ve seen video of somebody at the Gaza encampment at Columbia standing up and talking about how great Oct. 7’s Hamas attacks on Israel was and calling the Hamas terrorists ‘freedom fighters.’ Is that hate speech? Or is that protected free speech? Where do you come down on that?”

Adams added, “Clearly, I could feel the duality of this moment. I understand the pain that is playing out in Israel and in Gaza at this time.” He mentioned that it was similar to the 1950s when Black students had to be escorted on campuses in Little Rock, Arkansas, “because they were afraid for their lives. And that is what I see when I see Jewish students are going through this at this moment.”

The mayor stated, “There is no place for hate in this city. I don’t care if it’s antisemitism, Islamophobia, Anti-Sikhism, we don’t have a place for that.”

Arrests of student protesters were also made at Yale, the Associated Press reported on Monday, while Harvard restricted access to Harvard Yard. Pro-Palestinian encampments have also begun at the University of Michigan, New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The University of Southern California has tried to grapple with the larger issue of the Israel-Hamas conflict after canceling the planned commencement speech from Muslim valedictorian Asna Tabassum. A petition begun by the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) gained more than 41,000 signatures in 48 hours. A separate petition on Change.org currently has just over 2,000 signatures.

You can watch Tapper and Adams’ conversation below:


One response to “Jake Tapper Confronts NY Mayor Eric Adams Over Columbia Protests: ‘Is That Hate Speech or Is That Protected Free Speech?’ | Video”

  1. Emvioag Avatar

    Recall Hamas beheaded babies, raped women, burned mothers and grandmas alive. You do remember that, right? Or is this another Holocaust denial? The same demonic spirit that lives in the dead hearts of protestors attacking Jewish students in US colleges, is the same spirit that lived in Hitler and lives in George Soros. But Soros is Jewish you say? Oh…boy you really don’t get this do you? Soros is evil. He sold his soul to the highest bidding NAZI during WW2 so he could save himself and he loved it. Has no remorse. Soros is a demonic person. A true sociopath, if you will…to those of you who don’t understand demonic people. That’s the best you can get this right now since you are still so blinded. You don’t understand that there are ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. Children of God and children of the DEVIL> Which one are you? Because at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that JESUS IS LORD. The same Jesus mentioned in the Torah is the same Jesus in the New Testament, the One who is who was and who is to come. God will not ask you what race or religion you were…He will ask you DO YOU KNOW ME? The Lord of Lords, the King of Kings There is no other name under heaven by which anyone can be saved other than JESUS, and we’re not talking Jesus who just flipped your burrito to give it that nice coating…Soros is a demonic wrecking machine blasting his bitter billions into every DA and Presidential race and every other race he can sink his rotting flesh and teeth into. And sitting on his rotting lap, like a brick he will never shed, the memory of Jews he sold out in the past for his own good and next to his rotting side is the other rotting souls who lapped up his bitter billions, Kamala, Hillary, Obama, and all the other rotting fleshes. All rotting together on the wide road of destruction that they chose to take because their hearts were too hard to see the narrow road that leads to life.

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