Michael Knowles, who said ‘transgenderism needs to be eradicated,’ to speak at Purdue

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Daily Wire host Michael Knowles will be speaking at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. on March 23.

Knowles made headlines last week when he, during the annual CPAC conference, said “transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely.”

The Daily Wire, a far-right media outlet, has been among the loudest anti-transgender voices in the past year. Other Daily Wire hosts like Matt Walsh have made anti-trans rhetoric the center of their general message.

Knowles is being brought to the university, one of Indiana’s two largest, by the local College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). YAF is the same group that brought Matt Walsh and his transphobic “What Is A Woman” film to the Champaign/Urbana campus of the University of Illinois last fall.

Spencer Johnson, the public relations and communications director for Purdue University College Republicans, told the Purdue Exponent that Knowles is coming to Purdue to speak about “the issue of transgender ideology in the United States.”

The Purdue Graduate Student Government passed a resolution condemning the event last week.

Purdue spokesperson Tim Doty told West Lafayette TV station WLFI that “External speakers do not represent the university. We encourage anyone who disagrees with student organization speakers’ viewpoints to speak up with theirs.”