Cornell student reactions to ‘Fox & Friends’ about her school’s liberal bias led to serious harassment



Cornell to offer of course Trump ‘xenophobic nationalism’

CampusReform.Org correspondent and Cornell student Neetu Chandak explained

Last year, Cornell University undergraduate Neetu Chandak appeared on “Fox and Friends” to her objection to a description of a course that seemed overly critical of President Donald Trump, while glorifying the former President Barack Obama.

Now, in an essay in The College Fix, Chandak says her comments on Fox expressing concern about the liberal bias at the college and the explicit agenda of the course led to threats on her life and such continuous harassment, she sought therapy and was afraid to leave her apartment.

“It is difficult to express conservative views as a student without being called names, personally attacked, or even threatened by colleagues,” Chandak said in the essay.

“I had done the interview, not to show support or disagreement with a particular person, but to the ridiculousness in comparison with eight years of Obama’s presidency the first 100 days of Trump’ s term,” she said. “While I expect disagreement from many Cornellians for my views, I was mentally and emotionally prepared for the backlash, name calling, and threats to my physical safety.”

The name of the course is “America Confronts the World,” and the course description linked “xenophobic nationalism” Trump “pragmatic cosmopolitanism” Obama, the set of a show that they believed that students could be expected to echo.

Chandak, who is now a senior, said she was too scared even to go to class, and they are regarded as taking online courses.

“Given the fact that Cornell University’s College Republicans president was physically assaulted immediately after He was elected — moved on the ground and called a ‘racist bitch’ threats here are no joke,” she said.

A campus newspaper, the Cornell Sun, even did a story about her appearance, and quoted college Republicans say that, although the wording of the course description seemed to be skewed in the direction of Obama and liberalism, they believed that the professor would have welcomed other viewpoints.

Chandak is skeptical.

“From my point of view, many find it acceptable to be hateful towards me because they saw me as hateful,” she said. “What hypocrisy.”

Chandak complained about the chilling effect the condemnation of conservative views on college campuses, and said that all the students are deprived of a wider range of perspectives.

“I am not alone in my struggle,” she said. “A lot of people who have views similar to mine will probably not express their beliefs in the classroom or on the campus out of fear faced with the isolation and the threats that I came across. This is a disadvantage for the students if the whole point is to learn about the different ideas.”

Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.


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