Major Donor Pulls Funding From University for ‘Discriminating’ Against Ben Shapiro Event

The University of Minnesota has lost a major donor over its handling of an on-campus lecture by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

Shapiro’s speech, which was organized by Young America’s Foundation, was supposed to take place on the university’s main Minneapolis campus on February 26.

When event organizers attempted to reserve a lecture hall that had previously been used by liberal speakers like former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), their requests were denied.

University officials cited safety concerns over potential protests. In September, Shapiro spoke at the University of California’s Berkeley campus, which drew hundreds of protesters and led to several arrests.

Shapiro ended up speaking at a smaller venue in the St. Paul Student Center several miles away, where he was met by a standing-room-only crowd and a few dozen peaceful protesters outside.

Some people said it was an example of anti-conservative bias by the school.

In protest, an anonymous university donor pulled their annual contribution and will instead give the money to the on-campus chapter of Young America’s Foundation.

In a letter to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, the donor wrote this was “clearly a case of discrimination”:

YAF spokesperson Spencer Brown praised the donor’s decision and said it’s important to take a stand against an institution that “undermines and discriminates against conservatives”: