College Paper Publishes Student Op-ed Slamming Conservative Ideas: 'Not Equal to Liberal & Left'
The independent student newspaper at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, published an op-ed in which the student author slammed conservative ideas, saying they "are not equal to liberal and left ideas."
The piece, titled "It's OK that conservatives don't feel welcome," appeared in the "Student Life" paper.
The op-ed's author explained that conservative ideas don't "deserve equal consideration to that afforded liberal and left ideas."
"There is no legitimate argument for supporting Donald Trump and his allies, at least not one that holds up in any academic community worth its salt," the author wrote. "But we shouldn’t create an impulse among the student body to pretend, out of politeness, that there’s anything valuable in the Republican policy agenda."
The president of Washington University's College Republicans, Drew McPike, said Sunday on Fox & Friends that he was "blown away" by the piece.
"I really was wondering where [the author] found his moral superiority in that, to say that conservative ideas aren't remotely a good thing and that they shouldn't be compared to liberal ideals," McPike said.
McPike said that he and his conservative friends on campus are hesitant to share their political views with others, but that they will stay strong in what they believe.
The op-ed's author did not respond to Fox News' request for comment, however, the university's vice chancellor of student affairs wrote a statement to the editors of Student Life.
Letter to the Editor from Lori White: “The notion that politically conservative beliefs and/or politically conservative students are not welcome on our campus is entirely inconsistent with our community values of mutual respect, openness and tolerance.”https://t.co/jj9WPEocbn
— Student Life (@studlife) February 10, 2019
"I feel it is critical to remind your readers -- and, in that way, our entire student body -- that we intend for our university to be a place where all are welcome and where diversity of identity, thought and perspective are celebrated," Lori S. White wrote.
White went on to say that "it is not OK for any student to feel unwelcome at Washington University. No matter a student’s political leanings, background, race, gender, sexual orientation or any other identity."
"While the author of the column has the prerogative to express his views and raise critical questions, the notion that politically conservative beliefs and/or politically conservative students are not welcome on our campus is entirely inconsistent with our community values of mutual respect, openness and tolerance."
Watch the interview above.