Rick Scott warns colleges to address antisemitism or risk losing all federal funds

EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) released an open letter to university presidents on Tuesday expressing his “profound concern” with the wave of antisemitism at college campuses.

University administrators have come under growing GOP scrutiny for their handling of pro-Palestinian protests that have at times devolved into vandalism and acts of harassment against Jewish students. Police have been called in to disband or contain the protests, but the light touch used by some presidents has prompted calls for congressional action.

Scott, who has emphasized support for Israel during his first term in the Senate, said students had “surpassed” their free speech rights and that he would attempt to “rescind every last cent of taxpayer funding of any institution that condones” antisemitism.

He promised to “do everything in my power” to investigate those universities believed to be violating the Civil
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