A Cornell University student who appeared on Fox and Friends to voice her displeasure for a course critical of Donald Trump, claims she needed counseling following harassment.
Neetu Chandak wrote in an essay for The College Fix that her comments about the course last May brought about constant harassment that forced her into therapy.
‘It is difficult to express conservative views as a college student without being called names, attacked personally, or even threatened by peers,’ Chandak – now a senior – said in the essay.
After appearing on Fox and Friends in May to criticize a course at Cornell University, Neetu Chandak claims she was harassed and needed therapy
The America Confronts the World course description states ‘Donald Trump and Barak [sic] Obama give us two visions of America and of the world: xenophobic nationalism and pragmatic cosmopolitanism.’
It continues by stating that it will compare how the two have handled different things like race, religion and more. However it does not appear to actually pit one as being better than the other.
Chandak, who was crowned Miss Upstate New York’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Seneca Falls in 2013 and 2016, felt that comparing and contrasting two different time-frames was ‘ridiculous.’
‘It is difficult to express conservative views as a college student without being called names, attacked personally, or even threatened by peers,’ she said
Chandak, who was crowned Miss Upstate New York’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Seneca Falls in 2013 and 2016, felt that comparing and contrasting two different time-frames was ‘ridiculous’
‘I had done the interview, not to show support or disagreement with any particular person, but to show the ridiculousness in comparing eight years of Obama’s presidency to the first 100 days of Trump’s term,’ she said.
‘While I expected disagreement from many Cornellians for my views, I was mentally and emotionally unprepared for the backlash, name calling, and threats to my physical safety.’
The woman adds that she was afraid to leave her apartment and go to class, even considering taking an online class.
The woman adds that she was afraid to leave her apartment and go to class, even considering taking an online class
The America Confronts the World course description states that ‘Donald Trump and Barak [sic] Obama give us two visions of America and of the world: xenophobic nationalism and pragmatic cosmopolitanism’
‘Considering that Cornell University’s College Republicans president was physically assaulted right after Trump was elected — shoved to the ground and called a “racist b****” — threats around here are no joke,’ she added.
The Cornell Sun even ran a story on the entire ordeal, quoting college Republicans that were skeptical of why Chandak went on the show, but she claims that wasn’t the case.
‘After talking to some people quoted by the Sun, I found that their quotes had been taken out of context and misused in a deceitful way to make it seem as though they were more opposed to what I said,’ she added.
Chandak claims to have received Facebook messages from people wanting to ‘hurt’
Chandak claims to have received Facebook messages detailing wanting to ‘hurt’ her while others called her ‘hateful’ and a ‘bigot.’
‘From my situation, many found it acceptable to be hateful toward me because they perceived me as hateful,’ she said. ‘What hypocrisy.’
She added: ‘As somebody who has faced so much unpleasant behavior and words from others, one would think that I would support hate speech bans.
‘However, I believe that banning hate speech suppresses those with unpopular ideas, like mine. Moreover, who determines the hateful rhetoric, and where do we draw the lines?’
Chandak concluded that conservatives on college campuses are facing ‘condemnation.’
‘I am not alone in my struggle,’ she said.
‘Many people holding views similar to mine will likely not express their beliefs in the classroom or on campus out of fear of facing the isolation and threats I faced. This becomes a disadvantage for college students as the entire point is to learn about various ideas.’