Berkeley campus chaos prompts Trump warning
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 05, 2017,
Feb 05, 2017, 1:41
February 03-Milo Yiannopoulos, a professional provocateur, provoked not only protesters who shut down his speech at UC Berkeley but also President Trump, who suggested Thursday that federal funds be withheld from the campus as a result - and professors, politicians and students, who expressed disbelief about that possibility.
He was scheduled to speak Wednesday at the University of California, Berkeley, but cops cancelled the event after a couple dozen masked and black-clad anarchists turned a peaceful protest of about 1,500 people into a riot.
It a statement on its Facebook page, the Berkeley College Republicans, the group which organized the event, thanked police and the "university administration for doing all they could to ensure the safety of everyone involved", criticizing instead the "criminals and thugs" who contributed to the violence.
"They were unable to assist the citizens and the public that were out there that were defenseless against these rioters, who were actively engaging in breaking the law and attacking defenseless citizens", said John Bakhit, an attorney who represents the Federated University Police Officers Association.
Administrators chose to cancel the Wednesday event about two hours before the Breitbart editor's speech.
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In response to the incident, Trump threatened to pull federal funding from the school if it continues to allow violent protesters to shut down speakers with divergent opinions. "So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn't respect free speech rights, that's a complete distortion of the truth".
Reich is clearly projecting; weaving a tale about evil, white supremacists who were generously given a forum at Berkeley to air their venal views because Berkeley is the sacred birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. "There's no basis for even suggesting that Berkeley was trying to limit Yiannopoulos' speech".
"You know, I can't say this strongly enough", she told her co-hosts. Trump made the comment in a tweet posted Friday. At least three independent scientific and academic reviewers evaluate most proposals. I mean, Berkeley opened its biggest auditorium, uh, to this right wing Breitbart news character - this hateful, odious person - but said free speech is the most important thing we [sic] stand for and [inaudible] these outsiders who caused the police to finally come in and have to cancel it.
The president could also seek to reduce the government's funding for the university by submitting a budget to Congress that de-emphasizes grants to universities and student loans and directing his Cabinet to divert funds elsewhere. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said: "While Milo Yiannopoulos has peddled sexist, racist and conspiracy-laden rhetoric that Sen".
Yiannopoulos is a vocal supporter of President Trump.