Fire-breathing free-speech funboy Milo Yiannopoulos continues to cause controversy on college campuses. Jessica Gamble, the College Republican president at the University of Washington, is currently facing threats and harassment after inviting Milo to speak at a sponsored event on January 20.
Mysterious flyers have appeared on campus featuring two photos of Gamble and listing her phone number, email address, and social media accounts. The bizarre flyer even includes her father’s phone number, accuses her of having “close friendships with Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists,” and appears to endorse harassment.
“Let Jessie know what you think about her close friendships with Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists,” the flyer reads. “Why don’t you tell her father too while you’re at it.”
The flyer takes aim at the College Republicans for inviting Milo, and for endorsing his “racist and transphobic rhetoric.” Gamble called the anonymous flyer “a bit shocking” in an interview with the College Fix, and said it had been traced back to a University of Washington student who also works at the school. She has notified the University, and has looked into the possibility of taking legal action, if necessary.
When the Milo event was originally announced six months ago, a group of students launched a Change.org petition to “Ban Milo Yiannopoulos’ hate speech” from campus. It currently has more than 4,400 signatures. The petition, which was delivered to University president Ana Mari Cauce, referred to Milo as a “renown [sic] bigot and misogynist,” and argued that letting him speak on campus would amount to an act of “discriminatory harassment.”
Cauce responded to the petition in December, writing that she had not been able to find “sufficient grounds to ban [Milo] from speaking on our campus” after consulting with the State Attorney General’s office.
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