FOX News personality Judge Jeanine delivers fiery speech on equality, justice
Judge Jeanine Pirro, a former prosecutor and current FOX News television host, brought her tough, no-nonsense straight talk to Liberty University on Tuesday and Wednesday, discussing the need to enforce law and order for the greater good. After delivering a well-received speech in the School of Law Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday, she addressed more than 10,000 students in Liberty’s Convocation on Wednesday at the special request of President Jerry Falwell.
Pirro is a former New York judge and district attorney and is the host of FOX News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” She also contributes her legal insights on the news of the week to other programs on the network.
Tuesday’s event was hosted by Liberty’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom in collaboration with Liberty University School of Law. The chapter also played a role in bringing finance media mogul Steve Forbes to campus last semester.
On Wednesday, President Falwell thanked YAF for their role in bringing Pirro to campus and then introduced the television star to the crowd, noting that he often watched her show during last year’s presidential election.
“She’s one of the best on cable news, by far,” Falwell said. “Whenever I was feeling down and scared that it would not go the right way, I would watch her and I would get encouraged again.”
Pirro held little back as she described the hypocrisy of those who politicize issues like immigration at the expense of law-abiding citizens for the purpose of furthering an agenda.
She said that after 30 years as a legal professional these issues prompted her to “leave the bench” so she could take the fight to the airwaves.
“I am an activist; I am a fighter,” Pirro said. “I believe in right and wrong, and I believe in making sure that the underdog gets a fair shot.”
Pirro encouraged the crowd, which applauded enthusiastically throughout, to stand for justice and to uphold the law for the sake of protecting those who keep it.
“If the very words law and order are offensive, if the protection of the criminal, illegal, is more important than making sure that … (innocent citizens) can walk freely, then we’ve got a problem, folks,” she said, warning the crowd that those pushing their own agendas will do anything to silence their opposition. “You can never be silenced. They are silencing you. They are doing everything they can to make you uncomfortable, to make you feel out of the mainstream, to make you feel that you are less than an American, or not even Christian. Or that you are not even to be heard.”
She challenged the students to stand firm in their beliefs and to take a hard stance on what is right and what is wrong: “Dig down deep into who you are and what you have learned here and make sure that moral core of which you are made is never silenced, is never quieted by those who have a totally different agenda, and you will make a difference. Not only to you and your family, but to this country, this great nation.”
(On Wednesday, students also heard an inspiring testimony from political commentator, columnist, and author David Limbaugh. Watch a Q and A with both speakers at the bottom of this story.)
On Tuesday, Falwell welcomed Pirro to the university, saying that “she’s a fireball, and we are honored to have her at Liberty.”
Pirro said that she was “pleased” for the opportunity to share.
“I’m honored to be here,” she said. “This is a university with a very storied history.”
In her talk, Pirro described how she overcame obstacles during her rise in the legal profession, when society did not respect women in the workforce.
Before she was allowed to become a prosecutor, Pirro had to deal with naysayers who would ask her, “What makes you think you are good enough to try a case?”
But she became one of the first women to prosecute a murder case and went on to win a district attorney election and be the first woman elected as a judge in her county.
While she knew that she had to win to pave the way for other women, Pirro said that wasn’t what fueled her.
“Justice is not about winning,” she said. “It is about what is fair, what is right. … One of the things I realized was that equal rights and equal justice are ever so far removed from the reality of life for thousands of innocent, helpless victims of crime.”
Pirro founded the nation’s first domestic violence unit in a prosecutor’s office and one of the first child abuse bureaus, at a time when both were overlooked by the justice system.
She said she hopes that her story sends a message that “you can do anything, and don’t ever think that the way things are is the way things have to be. Never.”
Pirro also blasted ideological hypocrisy, particularly those who claim to stand for equality but vehemently fight to silence or discredit anyone who disagrees with them. Though her own story is one of triumph on behalf of women’s issues, she warned that the feminist movement has hijacked an ideal that stood for equality and justice and politicized it to further an agenda. Likewise, she pointed out that empathy for refugees and immigrants has been warped to make concessions for criminals who don’t want to follow the laws of the land.
She said that “law and order are the only things that separate us from barbarism and anarchy” and that it is not hateful to demand people enforce the laws of the land in their own country.
“My message to you,” she concluded, “is get ready. You have got to protect yourself, your family, and your country.”