Speaker Johnson Makes Stand Against Anti-Semitic Campus Protests For Hamas

Johnson Rips Columbia's 'Detestable' Protest: 'Lawless Agitators And Radicals'

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) speaks to the media on the Lower Library steps on Columbia University's campus in New York on Wednesday April 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) faced chants and boos from pro-Palestinianprotesters who attempted to drown out House Republicans‘ speeches as they called on Columbia University President Minouche Shafik to resign over rising antisemitism on campus.

Johnson was joined by Reps. Mike Lawler (R-NY), Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), and Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on Wednesday to blast Shafik for “failed” leadership and her inability to keep Jewish students safe on campus.

“I’m here to proclaim to all those who gnash their teeth and demand to wipe the State of Israel off the map and attack our innocent Jewish students this simple truth: Neither Israel, nor these Jewish students on this campus, will ever stand alone,” Johnson said during a press conference at the university.

While Johnson gave his speech, a large crowd of pro-Palestinian protesters were shouting, “We can’t hear you,” while others shouted “free Palestine” and anti-Israel chants.

“Enjoy your free speech,” Johnson said in response.

The members had met with Shafik and encouraged her to restore order, Johnson said, but they did not leave the meeting feeling confident that she would act accordingly.

“It is time for President Shafik to resign in disgrace,” Lawler said. “She has lost control of this campus. She has lost control of this institution. And after listening to her comments inside, it is clear that she has no intention of getting this university under control and ensuring the safety and well-being of every student.”

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