Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2023, 8:59 PM

Judge Kyle Duncan Stands By Behavior at Stanford Speech

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

US Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan defended calling student protesters who disrupted his speech at Stanford Law School “appalling idiots,” “bullies” and “hypocrites” in a newspaper opinion piece, arguing it was the right response.

“I have been criticized in the media for getting angry at the protesters,” Duncan wrote Friday in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s true I called them ‘appalling idiots,’ ‘bullies’ and ‘hypocrites.’ They are, and I won’t apologize for saying so. Sometimes anger is the proper response to vicious behavior.”

The March 9 speech to the school’s chapter of the conservative Federalist Society made headlines after videos of ...