GOP senator: Pence ‘deserved better treatment’ at Notre Dame

GOP senator: Pence ‘deserved better treatment’ at Notre Dame
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonZuckerberg defends meetings with conservative politicians, pundits Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats On The Money: Fed officials saw rising risk of recession | Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz blast NBA for 'outrageous' response to China | Prospects dim for trade breakthrough with China MORE (R-Ark.) says that Vice President Pence “deserved better treatment” during his stop at the University of Notre Dame, where a large group of students walked out of his commencement address on Sunday.

“It is especially unfortunate that students walked out of the vice president’s speech on Sunday — because if any young people needed to hear how important freedom of speech is to our country, it would be them,” Cotton said in a statement Monday, according to NBC News.

“I think the vice president deserves credit for speaking out on the spread of intolerance at college campuses — and I know he deserved better treatment than what he received this weekend.”

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A group of Fighting Irish graduates stood up and began to walk out as soon as Pence began speaking.

“It’s deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement in Notre Dame’s 175th year,” the former Indiana governor said to applause and boos in South Bend.

Pence took aim at political correctness on college campuses, calling it “wholly outside of the American tradition.”

The vice president also touted President Trump’s recent executive order on religious freedom at the Catholic university.

Valedictorian C.J. Pine called for equal rights and religious freedom in a speech before Pence’s, saying that “our generation must stand against the scapegoating of Muslims.”

A student activist group at Notre Dame said last Friday that it planned on staging a walkout of Pence’s speech.

“During his time as governor of the state of Indiana and now as a Vice-President, Pence has targeted the civil rights protections of members of [the] LGBT+ community, rejected the Syrian refugee resettlement programs, supported an unconstitutional ban of religious minorities, and fought back against sanctuary cities,” We StaND For said in a statement to ThinkProgress.