Speaking to a sold-out audience at Florida State University this Monday, conservative commentator and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro warned that "wokeness" is destroying America, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
"If wokeness wins, it destroys the country," he told the 1,500-seat audience, the majority of whom were white, young men. "If wokeness loses, maybe we find our way back."
Shapiro's appearance was condemned by left-wing groups on campus, including the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Students for Justice in Palestine.
"SDS condemns the university's decision to allow Ben Shapiro to spread reactionary propaganda on campus," statement from the SDS said. "[FSU President Richard McCullough] claims to care about equality, diversity, and inclusion. If this is true he should have no problem fulfilling the demands of Students for a Democratic Society: Do not allow Ben Shapiro to appear on FSU's campus."
Before Shapiro's speech, a little over 20 protesters showed up outside the auditorium, most of whom were members of Students for Justice in Palestine holding signs that read, "Free Palestine" and "Go home fascist."
After taking the stage, Shapiro did the FSU tomahawk chop motion, which some people have characterized as racist.
"When people say that's a racist thing, I have to say, if people just went to a stadium and started cheering for the Jews, do you know how happy I'd be?" Shapiro said.
Watch his full speech below:
Ben Shapiro LIVE Speech at Florida State University www.youtube.com