A conservative writer on Wednesday insisted that pepper-sprayed Santa Monica College students should be punished because they were a “threat to our society,” and blamed the Democratic Party for the protests.
Conservative writer David Horowitz told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that student demonstrations against a nearly 400 percent increase in some tuition fees was “mob rule.”
“This is a mob and all these students should be put on probation or expelled for their behavior,” the NewsMax columnist opined. “They want free education. You know, we’re going to have free contraceptives so why not free education, free food, free shelter? That’s where this is going and what’s driving it is the anarchist, communist left, the Occupy movement across the country, which is involved also in the UC Davis incident when there was pepper spray. You can’t have mobs running around like that.”
“You’re right about this,” Cavuto agreed. “You take entitlements away or those kind of benefits that a lot of people think are essentially a birth right, and you take them away or you adjust them — and in Santa Monica’s case they weren’t altering them to charge you what they do at Harvard. They just slightly, slightly rearranged things and these people went nuts.”
“You have to blame the political forces encouraging this,” Horowitz concluded. “It’s the entitlement mentality. It’s the political left and it’s the Democratic Party which is encouraging these Occupy Wall Streeters. This is a threat to our society.”
Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang on Wednesday called the protests unlawful after about 30 students who were protesting proposed two-tier tuition course pricing were treated for exposure to pepper spray.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, broadcast on April 4, 2012.