FULLERTON, CA (FOX 11) - Conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulous told Good Day LA viewers Monday many Americans embrace his controversial opinions:
"Really, I express opinions shared by millions of Americans," said Yiannopoulos, a commentator frequently associated with alt-right.
And he acknowledged many others oppose them:
"I can't go out and express perfectly normal opinions...without causing an uproar," said Yiannopoulos.
On Monday, Cal State Fullerton geared up for the expected uproar ahead of his appearance on campus, hoping to prevent violence confrontations by fencing The Titan Student Union.
"Not a lot of people agree with what he says," said CSU Fullerton Student Cynthia Cuautle.
The conservative commentator will address 800 students at a campus event Tuesday.
University Police saying they're ready for thousands more to protest.
Violence erupted at UC Berkeley earlier this year ahead of one of Yiannopoulous appearances, pushing other universities to take more safety precautions.
There will be speech expressed tomorrow no doubt that I and others might find objectionable. But even hateful speech is protected speech," said the Chief Communications Officer of CSU Fullerton Jeff Cook.
Yiannapoulous, who was invited to speak by the CSUF Republicans, has made controversial statements in the past such as "Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy" and "Muslims are allowed to get away with almost anything."
But CSUF Republicans are hoping more students will grow more accepting of speech they do not agree with.
We feel really left out of the campus conversation in our classrooms in general as conservative students and bringing a provocative speaker brings up the questions of who gets free speech," said CSUF College Republicans Spokesperson Brooke Paz.
Others, arguing controversial speakers such as Yiannopoulous affect their ability to learn.
Never have we had a speaker where we've had to create this kind of area. Especially the kind of area where students don't feel safe coming to school. Where they have to cancel classes. And those classes are being paid for by our tuition you know," said CSU Fullerton student Cynthia Cuautle.
Some students like Cuautle who do not support Milo say they won't be out here protesting.
They plan to attend a counter event in the main squad area.
There will be a DJ, speakers, workshops and food. Organizers of that event say they hope to try to bring people together.