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Trump: Biden ‘100% responsible’ for colleges canceling graduations

Former President Trump blamed President Biden for the cancellation of university graduation ceremonies amid ongoing pro-Palestinian protests, saying the president was “too weak to demand law and order.”

“Crooked Joe Biden is 100% to blame for weak universities like Columbia canceling graduation ceremonies for thousands of students!” Trump I wrote it on Truth Social EDT just after midnight Thursday. “Crooked Joe is capitulating to the far left pro-terrorist mob because his donors are funding them and are too weak to demand law and order! ”

Columbia University, now the hub of a nationwide university protest movement, canceled its major graduation ceremony citing “security concerns” after weeks of pro-Palestinian demonstrations. The University of Southern California (USC) also canceled a major ceremony following criticism over its decision to cancel a speech by a pro-Palestinian valedictorian.

In both cases, the decision to cancel was made by school leaders, not Biden or his administration.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has repeatedly criticized what he sees as Biden’s weaknesses during his campaign to face off against him in the November general election.

The former president lamented that students and parents will be “deprived” of an important milestone.

“So now young people who have worked hard and their parents who have paid thousands of dollars to send their children to school are being robbed of one of the most important moments in their lives. .Very disappointing and should be avoided at all costs!” he wrote.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Protests demanding an end to the Israeli-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip have been ongoing for more than three weeks, with demonstrators calling on universities and the US government to sever ties with Israel. More than 1,000 students, faculty, and other protesters have been arrested since the first large-scale camps began in Colombia last month.

Many of the protests are reported to have been peaceful, but several universities have called in law enforcement as tensions rise and the occupation of encampments and buildings continues. School administrators argue that encampments and occupations of buildings disrupt campus activities and raise safety concerns for students, especially Jews.

Biden last week defended the right to peacefully protest while criticizing the vandalism and trespassing that has occurred at some demonstrations.

“In moments like this, there are always those who rush to score political points. But this is not the time for politics,” Biden said in prepared remarks from the White House last week. . “Time for clarity. So let me be clear…violent protests are not protected. Peaceful protests.”

Biden also criticized reported anti-Semitism at the protests, although many protest groups refused to characterize their demonstrations as anti-Semitic, saying they did not support the participation of Jewish students. is emphasized.

“There should be no place on any campus where anti-Semitism and threats of violence against Jewish students exist in America,” he said. “There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and discrimination against Arab-Americans and Palestinian-Americans. It is simply wrong.”

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