On Monday, Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy joined Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” to discuss the real-world ramifications for college students after the disturbing plague of antisemitism that has enveloped campuses across the country.
Last week, Portnoy vowed not to hire graduates from any graduates of Harvard, MIT, or Penn after their presidents testified in front of the House Education Committee.
On Monday, Portnoy doubled down on the pledge.
Stuart Varney: Okay, how about anti-semitism on college campuses? You will not hire anyone from Harvard, UPenn, or MIT until the school’s dean steps down. Has anyone from these schools applied to work with you?
Dave Portnoy: Yeah, well, after I. First of all, we already have Harvard grads, so they’re grandfathered in. But in the Penn dean, President McGill, she stepped down. Yeah, a lot of people reached out, but I think it’s not only me. I think a lot of leaders have to do it. It was disgusting. What those deans and presidents did under oath makes no sense to me. I don’t know how. If you can’t condemn genocide, I don’t care whether we’re talking Jews, Muslims, any group of people, then you don’t deserve to be in a position of power. You got to get out.
Varney: What about free speech? Does that come into this?
Portnoy: Yeah. Listen, is Hitler allowed to say, I want to kill the Jews, I want to kill the Jews, I want to kill the Jews right up till he kills the Jews? I would say no. That’s what they’re saying you can do in this country. There’s a difference between free speech and hate speech. And when you’re endangering people and causing harm, I think you got to put a stop to it. It’s called common sense.
Last week , Portnoy shared his initial thoughts on social media, “This video has made me so irate I need to make sure as many people see it as possible.”
“The Deans of 3 supposedly prestigious Universities in the United States somehow refusing to condemn students calling for the Genocide of Jews on campus. AKA — the murder of all Jews.”
“Newsflash that is calling for the murder of myself, my parents and my entire family. And these ‘leaders’ refuse to condemn this as hate speech on their campuses? … This is calling for the MURDER OF ALL JEWS everywhere and these absolute coward school administrators refuse to condemn it.”
He continued, “Even worse, they somehow only say it violates school policy if these antisemitic students move from chanting kill all the Jews to actually trying to murder all the jews on campus. Well good to know that actual murder is still against the school handbook at the Ivy Leagues.”
“You can’t even whisper something bad about other groups without it becoming an international incident but with Jews apparently saying you want to kill them all is fair game.”
“Not that this will make a huge difference but moving forward I will not hire any student who graduates from any of these schools until these Deans step down.”
“More businesses should follow this lead. This is unacceptable on every single level. I don’t care if you’re Jewish or not either. If you know a Jew or just have a degree of basic human decency calling for the murder of an entire group of people should outrage you.”
Watch beginning at the 1:00 mark: