On the heels of leftist outrage at the University of Alabama over the “bigotry” and “extremism” of Young America’s Foundation, YAF is bringing the fight for America’s future to the Crimson Tide’s home turf: Verdict with Ted Cruz will make the second stop on its 2022 YAF tour in Tuscaloosa.

Next month, the wildly popular video podcast featuring Senator Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles will visit the University of Alabama to record an hour-long show with a LIVE student audience.

Michael Knowles said of the tour addition, “I was surprised to read in the Alabama student newspaper that YAF is an ‘institution of bigotry and extremism.’ (YAF students have always struck me as intelligent, kind, and respectful!) Bigotry is nothing more than closed-mindedness, so perhaps the leftist students on campus will be able to open our minds. Or perhaps—and this is ambitious—we’ll be able to open theirs.”

YAF recently announced that the first stop on the Verdict LIVE tour for 2022 will be Yale University, Michael’s alma mater and a hotbed of liberal thought.

“After we conquer the Ivy League at Yale, ‘Verdict’ is taking its talents to Tuscaloosa,” Senator Cruz added. “We heard being photographed at a YAF event is cause for getting canceled at the University of Alabama, so we’re heading down there to shine a light. Whether you’re a canceler or a cancelee, consider thinking for yourself and come by. ‘Verdict’ is a voice for anyone being silenced simply for disagreeing with the lunatic orthodoxy du jour. Roll Tide!”

Liz Wheeler, co-host with Senator Cruz of the exclusive series The Cloakroom on Verdict+ and the acclaimed daily video podcast The Liz Wheeler Show will also make an appearance at the event.

“Speech is one of our most fundamental rights, and it is at the center of much that Senator Cruz and I cover on ‘The Cloakroom,’” Liz Wheeler said. “It’s absurd that the woke mob at the University of Alabama maligns fellow students for simply exploring conservative speech at YAF. I hope that our appearance emboldens young conservatives on campus—they are not alone.”

Verdict LIVE will take place at the University of Alabama on Monday, April 18th at the Tuscaloosa River Market, beginning at 7 PM ET. This event is free and open to the public. Ticket information is available now at YAF.org/verdictlive.

Viewers across America can watch the action live from the comfort of their own home, free of charge, by subscribing to the YAFtv and Verdict with Ted Cruz channels on YouTube. For exclusive, behind-the-scenes content from the Spring 2022 Verdict LIVE YAF Tour, check out Verdict+ on Locals.

This event is a part of YAF’s Logan Family Lecture Series.

About Senator Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, a U.S. Senator from the State of Texas, has dedicated his life to upholding the principles enshrined in our Constitution. Senator Cruz is a bold leader in the fight to support American workers, rein in Big Tech, secure our border, confirm conservative judges, and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their atrocities.

About Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles is the chart-topping host of both The Michael Knowles Show at the Daily Wire and The Book Club at PragerU. Michael’s ability to parse, process, and present ideas in light of the first principles that undergird them has propelled him to become one of the top political voices in the country.

About Liz Wheeler

Liz Wheeler is unapologetically one of the conservative movement’s boldest voices. Blocked by AOC, demonetized on Facebook, and whispered about at the Snopes water cooler, Liz is undeterred, maybe even energized. As the host of The Liz Wheeler Show, Liz is a voice of reason for millions of Americans as she guides them through the most important stories that no one else is telling.

About Verdict

Now in its third year of surging popularity, Verdict hit #1 on the podcast charts within weeks of launching amidst the Trump impeachment trials in 2020. Ever since then, the Senator and Michael get together each week to bring viewers the scoop from inside the Beltway, break down the most important stories of the day, and reveal what Washington’s inner workings mean for you. On Verdict, you will go behind the scenes of the debates that define our country.

YAF’s unparalleled campus lecture series has featured a powerful lineup of conservative leaders over the years, including Ben Shapiro, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, William F. Buckley, Justice Clarence Thomas, and many more.

To request a press credential or interview at this event, contact YAF Spokeswoman Kara Zupkus at kzupkus@yaf.org.