A Harvard graduate who also works as the social media director for conservative news outlet The Daily Caller went viral on social media this week for walking out of a commencement speech given by left-wing U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Emma Heussner posted that she “just walked out of Harvard’s graduation because I didn’t want to listen to Merrick Garland talk about himself for 30 minutes,” though what she did hear was “pretty rich.”
just walked out of harvard’s graduation because I didn’t want to listen to merrick garland talk about himself for 30 minutes pic.twitter.com/av26ok3mCb
— Emma Heussner (@emmaheussner) May 29, 2022
The news outlet added:
Garland’s commencement speech for the 2020 and 2021 graduates referenced the events of Jan 6 at the Capitol and questions over the integrity of the 2020 election, according to the Washington Post. He also pleaded with the graduates to embrace public service for at least a portion of their lives, claiming that the recent mass shootings in Texas, California, and New York were good enough reasons for the students to serve their nation, the Harvard Gazette reported.
Heussner’s viral walk-out from the speech led to an overwhelming response from users on Twitter.
“The amount of support in the replies has been very warm and I was shocked by how many people congratulated me and were proud of my decision,” Hessner told the Daily Caller.
She added: “It’s also been funny to watch leftists lose their minds and hurl insults at me for walking out. It’s entertaining to see how easily upset some people are by the actions of others.”
Prior to posting her video, the social media director had around 1,600 followers on the platform, but since it went viral, her followers grew to more than 11,000.
Asked what prompted her to leave the ceremony, she said, “I had been sitting there for more than two hours listening to people speak in Latin, give cordial formalities. By the time Merrick Garland got on stage, I was so anxious to leave and meet up with my parents. They’re the ones who helped me accomplish what I have and supported me to get to Harvard in the first place.”
“Choosing to walkout was an easy decision for me,” she said.
The decision was only made easier when she heard part of the speech as Garland droned on.
“Even overhearing his speech as I walked out, it was pretty rich to hear about how ‘awful’ our country is and what we as graduates should do about it, given that he’s the one in an incredible position of power to who gets immediate results from the decisions he makes,” she said.
Garland has been a controversial AG from the outset.
Not long after he was confirmed, he made headlines for instructing the FBI to investigate parents who showed up at local school board meetings to vent their anger and frustration at what they viewed as inappropriate, divisive, and overly ‘woke’ content.
Garland’s instructions to the bureau appeared to come at the request of the National School Boards Association, which described such parents in a letter to the AG as “domestic terrorists.” The organization also requested that the Biden Justice Department use anti-terrorism legislation to target parents.