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Lawyer Defends Fordham Student from University Witch Hunt for Social Media Posts

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Fordham student Austin Tong made his fellow students freak out over two social media posts he published on Instagram last month.

In one post, he praised the recently slain police officer David Dorn, who was killed during protests in St. Louis, Missouri.

In another post, Tong posted a picture of himself carrying an AR-15 where he brought awareness to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 — a totalitarian crackdown facilitated by the Chinese Communist Party.

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Since posting these photos, Tong has been facing backlash from the Fordham student body. In addition, Fordham administrators have jumped in to investigate these posts. Assistant Vice Principle and Dean of Students Keith Eldredge conducted a hearing and inquiry less than week after Tong made the posts. Elderdge did so claiming that “members of the Fordham community felt threatened by the social media posts,” according to court papers in a lawsuit that he filed against Fordham University at the Manhattan Supreme Court.

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Eldredge ended up placing sanctions against Tong and threatened to expel him, according to the lawsuit’s allegations. Tong is now asking a judge to reverse the sanctions by justifying his posts as free speech, which are protected in accordance to school policy and the constitution.

On July 14, Eldredge sent a letter to Tong with claims that Tong allegedly committed a “Violation of University Regulations relating to Bias and/or Hate Crimes,” and “Threats/Intimidation.”

In addition, the letter stated that Tong would be receiving disciplinary probation. This includes a ban from extracurricular activities, student office, student groups, and sports in the following school year. The court papers stated that if Tong breaks the rules of his probation he could face expulsion or suspension.

Tong must also complete the school year online and receive permission to go on campus. The Fordham student must also take bias training and write an apology letter.

Tong is of the opinion that “draconian” punishments have sullied his reputation at school where he is now “treated liked a criminal,” according to the court filing.

Tong is standing strong and said he won’t attend the bias training or write the apology letter because “he plainly did not violate any Fordham policies … and should not have to submit to punishment for exercising his constitutional rights,” the court papers stated.

“Fordham’s disgraceful, Orwellian actions against our client are exactly why President Trump signed an Executive Order in 2019 specifying that schools can lose their federal taxpayer funding for violating their own free speech policies,” Tong’s lawyer Brett Joshpe said to The New York Post. “Intellectual tyranny within the ranks of higher education–all for a mere $50,000 in annual tuition–must end right now.”

In a time when right wingers are often left hanging by the legal world and others, it’s good to see Tong receive legal support.

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VIDEO: America First PAC Defends Marjorie Greene and Rips Her Swamp Opponent a New One

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Congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene is going on offense against her Republican rival John Cowan.

Greene is currently running in Georgia’s 14th congressional district and will be facing off against Cowan during a runoff election on August 11.

Drain the DC Swamp PAC, a conservative PAC that promotes America First candidates, recently posted several messages on FB in favor of Greene.

On August 4, 2020, the PAC posted “We fully endorse Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress for Congress and call on all patriots in Northwest Georgia to turn out for her and VOTE on August 11th. She is pro-Trump and conservative. Our nation is under attack by godless socialists who hate America and we need a fighter in Congress who will stop them. These same socialists are trying to vote in the primary to stop Marjorie Greene. We must not let that happen! Vote Marjorie Greene to save America from the radical left!”

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A few days later, the PAC page attacked Cowan by declaring that “John Cowan is the SWAMP and is backed by the SWAMP.”

It noted:

John Cowan is the SWAMP and is backed by the SWAMP. He won’t stand up to the socialists. He is OK with renaming our great Georgia military bases – Fort Benning and Fort Stewart. Fort Benning trains the US Army Infantry, Airborne, and Rangers. Fort Stewart is the home of the prestigious 3rd Infantry Division.These two bases trained and deployed America’s combat soldiers all throughout the world and they are the same bases who trained the fighting men who won two world wars.Vote AGAINST sellout John Cowan.

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The PAC called on voters in Georgia’s 14th district to vote against Cowan “or he will sell out to the socialists.”

Drain the DC Swamp PAC is an organization that promotes conservative policies such as “protecting life to protecting our borders, we support those who fight for traditional values, our Constitution, and our Country.”

The PAC also supports “President Trump’s vision of a government of, by, and for the people. We believe the people have the right to know what their government is doing, and support leaders who aren’t afraid to hold it accountable.”

Greene is the America First candidate in this race who will stand up for the right to bear arms and promote pro-life policies.

This is one race America First champions cannot ignore.

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