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January 18, 2019

“You’re free. Stop whining.”

This was the thesis of Ben Shapiro’s address to a standing-room-only crowd at The George Washington University Thursday night. In his first stop of the spring semester on Young America’s Foundation’s exclusive Fred Allen Lecture Series, Shapiro reached more than 400 students in person while more than 80,000 watched the event online.

The morning of the lecture, conservative students found posters targeting YAF around campus that warned them to “get security” with a photo of Shapiro with a red X superimposed on his chest.

Sadly. yet unsurprisingly, liberal authorities at GW dismissed the threat and refused to investigate—But GW YAF activists refused to back down. The result was yet another capacity audience that proved YAF’s events are in demand and students want to hear conservative ideas on campus.

Following up on this significant victory for ideological diversity and the free and open exchange of ideas, GW YAF Co-President Aimee Triana joined Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the shameful tactics of the Left. She also emphasized the impact a single YAF lecture can have on reaching students:

“We need to be bold when we have speakers and events on campus,” Triana noted. “I’ve been told by some of my peers that I’m the first conservative they’ve ever met.”

Thanks to the work of our bold YAF activists and the support of patriotic Americans such as Fred Allen, we’re ensuring that the rising generation is exposed to conservative ideas—often for the first time—in lecture halls and classrooms across the country. Watch Shapiro’s full address and Q&A below.