Glenn has been pointing out the hypocrisy of progressivism for years. While progressives feign tolerance, they consistently seem to be the first group to call for the firing or ostracizing of any and all individuals who disagree with them. On Tuesday, radio hosts Gregg “Opie” Hughes, Anthony Cumia, and comedian Jim Norton, The Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM, condemned the new “trigger warning” movement and overall culture on college campuses. As Norton explained, progressives have become everything they claim to “despise.”
Earlier this week, Glenn reacted to a bizarre New York Times report that highlights a movement for so-called “trigger warnings” to be placed on college reading materials that could potentially “upset” students. Books that allegedly warrant the warning label include Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Glenn believes the warnings would serve as the final step before book burning, and Norton seemingly shares a similar sentiment.
“You have become exactly [like] the conservative, religious book burners of the 40s and the 50s and the 60s. You are it,” Norton said. “You are the speech repressors, you are the hypersensitive ones, you are the ones who want people fired immediately, you are the ones calling for people’s jobs. You have become what you hated.”
“It's true,” Glenn said. “Anybody who wants control of you, that's the problem. We can disagree all day long with each other, as long as we want the smallest government possible so we can each live our lives in our own ways… But if I was saying, I think we need control of the government to be this big or even bigger, those are the people you run from.”
While Glenn and Norton probably don’t agree on much politically, Stu commended Norton’s persistent defense of the First Amendment.
“Jim Norton, as far as the First Amendment goes, is an American hero. The guy is an absolutist of free speech… Anytime someone says something uncomfortable, a statement that everyone else is denouncing, he is the first guy out there saying free speech is that important,” Stu explained. “How can you not be that way? This is what's so fascinating about people on the left – particularly in entertainment. How can you possibly be speaking out and asking for people to get fired and lose their jobs or lose anything?”
Listen to the whole segment via The Opie and Anthony Show below (Warning: Very strong language):