Politico - Columbia University was a hotbed of liberal protests in the late 1980s, as students raged against military recruitment, gentrification in New York and a range of other perceived societal wrongs. These progressive protesters were met with one constant voice of opposition: Neil Gorsuch.
“He was the campus's most prominent right-wing activist,” Jordan Kushner, a 1987 Columbia graduate who is now a civil rights lawyer in Minnesota, said. “The political atmosphere was pretty heated at the time, and Neil made a point of staking out, basically, an activist conservative position.”
In one column, he argued in favor of gentrification and defense research by professors and against protests calling for divestment from South Africa due to apartheid, as he alleged many of the companies targeted were already taking steps to divest. He argued the protesters claimed to have the moral high ground, even when the facts did not support their positions.