President Trump Threatens To Cancel Berkeley Federal Funds After Riots Shut Down Yiannopoulos Event
The protest against and cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos’s UC Berkeley speech reached the White House in a not-so-great light.
“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view—NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump tweeted very early February 2nd.
The NorCal-college riot hit the cable-news circuit as protesters and students alike took the fight beyond campus proper with destroying bank property, terrorizing a Starbucks, bullying pro-Trumpers, macing innocent bystanders and building bonfires in the street. Somehow, “KILL TRUMP” graffiti was deemed appropriate for an event that didn’t even happen—neither the president nor a White House affiliate was even scheduled to be there. (Because those actions are totally relevant to protesting against a public speaker attempting to exercise First Amendment rights. What??)
All that precipitated UC-Berkeley police cancelling the event and having Yiannopoulos completely removed from campus grounds—security was totally overthrown by violent activists.
“The left is profoundly antithetical to free speech these days, does not want to hear alternative points of view and will do anything to shut it down,” Yiannopoulos explained in an interview on the evening of February 1st. “My point is being proven over and over and over again.”