Students at the University of Chicago are asking the school to disinvite Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, saying that allowing him to speak “normalizes bigotry.”
Lewandowski is scheduled to visit the school Wednesday for a students-only, off-the-record eventon behalf of the school’s Institute of Politics (IOP), which is hosting a series of discussions about America in the era of Trump, but a coalition of student groups sent a letter to IOP Director David Axelrod and IOP Fellow Robert Costas Sunday asking them to disinvite Lewandowski and avoid inviting any other “Trump surrogates” because of their alleged ties to white supremacist groups and supposed incitement of violence.
“[Inviting Lewandoski] sends a positive signal to white supremacists that they are welcome here,” the student groups assert. “This exposes the most vulnerable members of our community to even greater risk.”
The letter also criticizes IOP’s recent hosting of Sean Spicer, the current Press Secretary for President Trump.
U of C Resists, Graduate Students United, Students Working Against Prisons, and UChicago Socialists, the four groups that jointly penned the letter, claim that a commitment to free speech does not apply to people associated with Trump.
“Nothing about a firm commitment to free expression obliges us [to] op…