(Tstarnes) – Daniel Schmidt, a conservative student at the University of Chicago, is hitting back after CNN published a hit piece on him.
Schmidt told national radio host Todd Starnes he was shocked when he found out his school had a class called “The Problem of Whiteness” and decided to speak out.
“I couldn’t believe it. I mean, what is this insinuating that there’s a problem of white people and that there is a solution? I mean, this is it’s not an exaggeration to say we’re entering like Nazi Germany rhetoric about white people. And it’s scary,” Schmidt told the “Todd Starnes Show” Monday.
The student was criticized for calling the professor anti-white.
“And, you know, I called the professor out and then she tried to get me expelled twice because apparently I was harassing her, even though I just called her out for teaching the class. I mean, it is truly lunacy, but it has to be said…it is anti-white,” he added.
Schmidt, who has nearly 50,000 followers, tweeted screenshots of a CNN op-ed that accuses him of bullying “people into silence.”
“That’s why schools shouldn’t allow students to wage personal campaigns to intimidate their teachers,” Kara Alaimo, former Obama administration spokeswoman, wrote.
Rebecca Journey, “The Problem of Whiteness” professor, accused Schmidt of cyberbullying and repeatedly tried to get the university to take action against him for tweeting and posting on TikTok about her class.
“I don’t want disciplinary action against this student just for a sense of justice for me personally,” she told The New York Times. “By condoning cyberabuse, there’s no deterrent effect.”
A CNN op-ed said I “bully people into silence” because I called out an anti-white professor at my university.
The author of this article is former Obama spokesperson @karaalaimo.
Listen I don't want to be a bully but why are the people who write this stuff always so ghoulish pic.twitter.com/QssK4xQ4pl
— DANIEL SCHMIDT (@realdschmidt) July 10, 2023
Below is the full transcript from the interview with Daniel Schmidt on the Todd Starnes Show:
STARNES: [00:39:28] Well, I want to go to the Patriot mobile newsmaker line. There is a young college student who has, man, really triggered the mainstream media. I think The New York Times called him an what an instigator. And CNN recently published a column that accused our next guest of trying to bully people into silence simply because he called out an anti-white professor at his university. His name is Daniel Schmidt. He attends the University of Chicago and joins us this afternoon. Daniel, hope you’re doing well. [00:40:07][39.2]
SCHMIDT: [00:40:08] Hey, thanks for having me. How are you? [00:40:10][1.2]
STARNES: [00:40:10] I’m well. So are you surprised? I mean, did you start out by by making a note in your journal saying, I want to trigger the national media? [00:40:19][8.6]
SCHMIDT: [00:40:21] Well, I certainly knew it was going to happen because, I mean, if we’re just being honest, these these media outlets, they expect college kids to sort of be quiet and do nothing. I mean, even the conservative kids at my school, you know, a problem I have with them is they never do anything. I mean, I see these egregious examples over and over and over again. And I’m looking at them like, hey, are we going to say something? Are we going to protest? And they’re always like, It’s too risky. And that always gets me so annoyed. So I’m not surprised at all. And I mean, if I’m being honest, it makes me think I’m actually doing a good job and I’m effective. So it’s more actually like a compliment at this point. [00:40:55][33.8]
STARNES: [00:40:55] Were you always this active, though? I mean, you have been able to interview what Tucker Carlson, you were just on with our good buddy Jesse Watters a few days ago. Did you start out thinking, okay, you know, this is what I want to do. I want to be a political commentator. [00:41:11][15.4]
SCHMIDT: [00:41:13] Well, you know, if I’m being honest, I come from I actually come from a single mother household. And my mom has always sort of encouraged me to speak up to do what I believe. I’m a very devout Christian, so it’s not even more a career thing. I just feel something in me to speak up. And I feel like maybe a lot of people listening can relate to that. There’s just so much wrong going on in the world right now. And you know something I want to show other students, if they’re listening or if they follow me on Twitter, is, you know, I’m not some powerful kid. I have a Twitter account and I’ve just been posting this stuff and I’ve had success. And so I want to show like a kid’s voice, a student’s voice is actually more powerful than you think, because these people are so wrong, they’re so fragile. If you just shine light on what they’re doing, you will actually see results. And that’s what I found out. [00:41:57][44.5]
STARNES: [00:41:58] I was impressed with something you wrote and on Twitter. I ought to read this to our audience. As a white student and an elite university, elite universities want students who will obey the ruling class without question, so they must blacklist the group most likely to challenge the system. Middle class, white people. Affirmative action did that. I mean, that takes a lot of man parts to write something like that and post that on Twitter. [00:42:25][26.3]
SCHMIDT: [00:42:26] Yeah, well, you know, I am I’m a pretty much a middle class white kid. And when I went to U. Chicago, which is considered an elite university, I couldn’t find any other middle class white people. So I must have slipped through the cracks or something. Maybe it was a mistake in the admissions, Who knows? But it’s what I’ve come to realize because I come from a small town in Tennessee, which I understand you’re also from Tennessee, and all the kids in my school were middle school. It was because they were middle class white people and they all were conservative Christian, you know, Trump supporters or conservatives in general. And I’m thinking there is no way Harvard, Yale, these elite schools would ever admit these people because they know they’re more likely to oppose the system. They want kids who are not going to question what the ruling class tells them, who are going to go in these financial jobs, these White House jobs, and just sort of do what they’re told. And, you know, the sort of people that Trump appealed to. That’s the precise group that these elite schools want to blacklist. And it’s just I’ve seen it firsthand. [00:43:21][54.8]
STARNES: [00:43:22] I’m impressed that use the term anti-white, because that’s what this really is. I mean, when you look at critical race theory, you look at all of the lingos and the workshops, the you know, this is all about putting the white person in their place. [00:43:36][14.2]
SCHMIDT: [00:43:37] Mm hmm. Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. And, you know, affirmative action is certainly also anti-Asian, without a doubt. But when I go to my university, for example, as you mentioned, The New York Times just wrote a hit piece on me because there was a class taught at my university called The Problem of Whiteness. And I’m telling you, when I saw the class for the first time, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, what is this insinuating that there’s a problem of white people and that there is a solution? I mean, this is it’s not an exaggeration to say we’re entering like Nazi Germany rhetoric about white people. And it’s scary. And, you know, I called the professor out and then she tried to get me expelled twice because apparently I was harassing her, even though I just called her out for teaching class. I mean, it is truly lunacy, but it has to be said and you’re exactly right, it is anti-white. [00:44:21][44.2]
STARNES: [00:44:22] Daniel, I’d like to get your take on this report that came out over the weekend. 40% of Brown University’s student population identify as LGBT. I mean, unless there’s some sort of an evolutionary Darwin sex revolution going on. Are you buying these numbers here? [00:44:40][17.8]
SCHMIDT: [00:44:41] Yeah. I mean, it’s totally bogus, obviously. But as I mentioned and I posted about this on Twitter when I went to U. Chicago, one of the first things I noticed was how many kids claim to be LGBT. I mean, I couldn’t believe it. We’re talking 20%, We’re talking 30%. And according to this report, I do believe it’s 40%. I think there’s two things happening here. I think, number one, these universities are more likely to admit these kind of kids because, you know, they’re oppressed, apparently, and they want diversity. But I think also number two is, you know, these kids to get into these elite schools and to sort of climb the ladder, they have to obey the sort of ruling orthodoxy. And as you know, currently, as we all know, the orthodoxy is you have to be LGBT, you have to be lesbian, transgender, gay, bisexual, whatever. So it does not they definitely were not born this way. That’s obviously, as you mentioned, there’s no way evolution would cause that. But I think it’s some sort of they’re adapting to the current time and it’s like if you want to be the most oppressed person and have the most advantage, you have to be LGBT. The straight white guy is totally cast at the bottom. [00:45:41][60.2]
STARNES: [00:45:43] I want to go back to something you said about fellow conservatives. Are you finding it hard for them to speak out? Because I mean, it’s pretty impressive that you’re this vocal because and your spot on the money with your assessment of things. But are other students are willing to stand alongside of you. [00:46:00][16.8]
SCHMIDT: [00:46:01] The funny thing is, ironically, the conservative newspaper on my college fired me. They basically said I was too vocal. I was too, you know, I was causing too much trouble. And they actually fired me. So. I’m tired of doing this alone, which, you know, I kind of figured would happen. But it’s unfortunate because, again, I think if more kids and more students spoke up, we would see even more change. Again, I’m just one voice. If we had five voices, ten voices, you would see change. And I know there’s a lot of risk in that, but it’s like, are we going to just keep taking this or are we going to do something about it? I mean, of course we have to sacrifice, but it just seems like things are getting worse and worse and worse. I mean, even 10 years ago, we didn’t see 40% of kids are gay at a university. I mean, this is like this is insane. So there has to come a point where some brave students come out and say, listen, we have to say something. We have to do something. And that’s sort of my goal is I want to hopefully inspire people and show, hey, this is what I have accomplished. This is what you can also do if you speak up. [00:46:54][53.3]
STARNES: [00:46:55] Well, very impressive. And now you mentioned you were from Tennessee. What part of Tennessee? [00:46:59][4.3]
SCHMIDT: [00:47:01] Uh, from Hendersonville near Nashville, Tennessee. [00:47:03][1.9]
STARNES: [00:47:04] Right outside. Yeah, absolutely. You see this all make sense now, Daniel, because you’re a volunteer. You know, whenever there’s a fight to be had, the Tennesseans are the first there to fight. [00:47:11][6.8]
SCHMIDT: [00:47:11] Absolutely. [00:47:11][0.0]
STARNES: [00:47:11] So, so good for you. And, look, let’s stay in touch. Let us know what’s happening here. And I know there are millions of people around the nation listening to you right now, and they’re going to be supporting you 1,000%. [00:47:24][12.4]
SCHMIDT: [00:47:25] Hey, thanks so much. And if you want to support me, you can follow me on Twitter at @RealDSchmitt. That’s the word real, the letter D and then Schmidt. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much. [00:47:36][10.3]
STARNES: [00:47:36] All right. There you go, folks. This guy is a is a fighter. And I love it. And I wish I could say I was surprised that the conservatives were not you know, what we’re doing, what they’re doing. But I’m not all that surprised because standing up sometimes, you know, there’s a price to pay for that. But this young man, clearly he is on he is on the right side, which is God’s. [00:47:58][22.2]