The college circuit has not been too friendly to Republican speakers this week. On Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney called off a University of Virginia speech after a planned protest. That evening, Karl Rove was met with jeers from members of Occupy Baltimore during a speech he made at Johns Hopkins University.
Nash Jenkins, a student journalist at Johns Hopkins, was on the scene when protesters interrupted the speech of the former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush. On the video protesters can be heard chanting “Mic Check! Karl Rove is the architect of Occupy Iraq” and later “We are the 99 percent!”
Rove responded to the initial disruption by saying, “If you believe in free speech, you have the chance the show it.”
The Baltimore Sun reports that 15 people, believed to be protesters but not students, were asked to leave. Some were forcibly removed, the Sun said.
Rove was speaking as part of an annual university-sponsored lecture series.