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The University of Connecticut invited Women's March organizer and sharia law advocate Linda Sarsour to speak on campus after restricting access to a speech by conservative writer Ben Shapiro. 

Max Turgeon of the UConn College Republicans said on "Fox & Friends" Monday that Sarsour's invitation to speak on March 7 was not subject to the same review process as Shapiro's Jan. 24 speech. 

Shapiro said at the time that the college restricted access to his speech, turning away hundreds of people who wanted to attend, and decided to offer formal counseling to offended students.

Turgeon said Sarsour - known for her anti-Israel rhetoric - was invited by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, which described her as a "racial justice and civil rights activist."

"This is a school-hosted event. So they didn't have to go through the same stringent review process that we did," he pointed out, adding that the university can use that review process to block conservative speakers. 

Turgeon said he "can't remember" the last time the university invited a Republican to speak to students.

In a statement, the school said, "A speaker’s presence on campus doesn’t mean that UConn as an institution has endorsed his or her message. However, we believe public universities should be places where differing views can be expressed respectfully and where our students and other guests can consider and challenge a variety of opinions."

Turgeon said he does not believe UConn and many other universities actually seek out "differing opinions" despite saying they want to do so. 

Watch the full interview above.


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