Matt Walsh cancels college speech over ‘serious safety concerns’

Conservative pundit Matt Walsh, a leading critic of the gender identity movement, said he canceled a speech after receiving threats against himself and his family following the deadly shooting at a Nashville Christian school.

Mr Walsh, a Daily Wire author and podcast host, said he was forced to postpone his performance at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, one of the stops on his ongoing college tour. The Daily Wire is based in Nashville.

“Unfortunately, I have to postpone my speech at Washington and Lee University,” Mr Walsh said in a tweet thread on Wednesday. “Due to threats against my family and other serious safety concerns in Nashville this week, I am unable to leave my family and fly to another state. I hate postponing the event but my wife and kids come first.”

He said: “I intend to continue my spring collegiate tour as planned over the coming weeks. The Washington and Lee event will be rescheduled as soon as possible.”

Mr Walsh, who has six children, linked the threats to his criticism of the transgender movement, including underage sex reassignment medical procedures.

“The threats against my family only make me more determined to fight this evil,” Mr Walsh said. “I will not allow my children or my wife to be harmed. And I will not be silenced by these psychopaths. None of these things will ever happen, I promise you.”

A 28-year-old female gunman, who identified herself as a male, killed three children and three adults Monday at Nashville’s Covenant School before being released by police.

Among Mr Walsh’s work is the 2022 documentary challenging the transgender movement, What is a Woman?. He also wrote the children’s book Johnny the Walrus in 2022, about adults trying to turn a boy into a walrus after he pretends to be one.

He stressed the situation had “nothing to do with Washington and Lee University.”

“The event went well together and everything was perfect. There may have been some protests planned but nothing major,” Mr Walsh said. “The potential danger is at home, so I have to be at home.”

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