Campus Clash was hosted at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday night, April 9. Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, and Dave Rubin all spoke to the students.
Today, Owens is a leading voice against the left and the Director of Communications for Turning Point USA. While speaking on Tuesday, she said that one of her largest challenges in tackling leftist indoctrination is professors and universities.
The trio spoke of how a UConn professor was allegedly encouraging students to sign up for the Campus Clash event and then not show up, in hopes that it would lower attendance.
Kirk followed by calling UConn an “immoral institution,” taking rights away from students to hear opposing viewpoints.
“Imagine how afraid you must be of other ideas if you ask your students to fill out a form to attend so others cannot attend.”
“It breaks my heart,” Kirk continued.
Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokeswoman, denied this allegation, saying, “We have no firsthand knowledge of what the faculty member may have said regarding this event.”
Owens was critical of the university’s behavior:
“This should not be that complicated for conservatives to hear their ideas expressed on campuses,” Owens said. “In college, you should be challenged, you should hear some things you disagree with, and be willing to have a productive dialogue.”
Later into Owen’s speech, she addressed the controversy of the Christchurch massacre.
Owens explained that the shooter also gave credit to a video game character, Spyro the Dragon, and likens himself to late South African President Nelson Mandela.
Owens said that recent media portrayals of her – linking her to the alt-right – are very upsetting.
When she was 17 years old, Owens was the victim of a hate crime. Owens said she was labeled a victim by many before she had time to process what had happened for herself.
A group of boys gave death threats to Owens because she was black. For the media to say Owens is bringing alt-right views to students, she says:
“How dare you say I’m coming back to my hometown to preach white supremacist ideas,” she said.
“… We have to stop giving a platform to crazy.”
While the UConn event covered a myriad of other subjects, it is very impactful when students can finally feel welcomed as a conservative.
A certain Yale graduate student introduced herself to the trio of speakers and told them that they are “filling the gap in the political landscape,” according to the Hartford Courant.
That Yale students pledged to found a TPUSA chapter at her university in hopes of bringing diversity to campus.
“We just want to have a dialogue,” Owens said.
Watch the full UConn Campus Clash: