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First Female Chief of IMF Withdraws from Smith College Commencement After Protests

As seen on The Five

The far left seems to be making it a mission to silence speakers over politics at colleges across America. Last month, Brandeis University took back an honorary degree for women’s rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali after a group protested.

Earlier in May, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decided not to speak at Rutgers University’s graduation following protests from both students and faculty.

Now the first female chief of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has had to withdraw from speaking at the Smith College commencement ceremony. Protesters alleged that the IMF has helped oppress women worldwide.

Both Rice and Lagarde said they did not want to distract from the graduates.

On The Five, Andrea Tantaros wondered, “Do you think it’s time maybe we start to as a country look at the tax exempt status that we give these universities? I mean, we do it so they can foster honest debate, not be indoctrination camps.”

Eric Bolling said he likes the tax exemption system the way it is, but questioned why colleges have to make graduation about ideology.

“These kids have worked for four years. They’re ready to go step out into life. It’s going to be hard as hell out there as soon as they … walk into the job market,” Bolling said. “Can’t we just have a party, have a celebration. Not is it going to be Condi or is it going to be someone on the left. C’mon, just let them have a nice final day.”

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