Trump threatens Berkeley as protests target far-right firebrand

President Donald Trump's apparent warning that the University of California at Berkeley could be at risk of losing federal funds after campus police canceled a talk by a controversial news editor has raised questions about whether the USA government can restrict funding to a particular university. "Free speech should be something we own". Many blamed violent protests on campus on a small group of demonstrators and their military-style tactics.

"The Berkeley campus was invaded by more than 100 armed individuals clad in Ninja-like uniforms who utilized paramilitary tactics to engage in violent destructive behavior created to shut the event down", he said in a Thursday statement.

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.

Campus officials would not comment on the union's criticism, but Mogulof said that civilian university staff does not interfere in law enforcement decisions.

More than 100 UC Berkeley faculty members had signed two letters sent last month to the school's chancellor, urging him to cancel the event. UC Berkeley officials say about 150 masked individuals hurled Molotov cocktails, set fires and pushed barricades into windows.

Trump took offense Thursday morning over the canceled speech.




The firebrand delights in challenging political correctness and attacking radical Islam and feminism, and his campus speeches generally draw loud protests by students and others on the left who try to shout him down or have him banned altogether. She says student protesters made that request of the anti-fascist group, but it didn't happen.

Trump threatened to cut funds for the university's flagship Berkeley campus in a Twitter posting accusing the institution of failing to support free speech and practicing violence against innocent people. I sincerely disagree. I believe that masks, in this case and in many others, are the tool of the coward, someone who seeks to avoid responsibility for their behavior and is fine allowing the consequences of violence and destruction to be distributed across a community with which they have no real allegiance or loyalty.

Lawmakers said they would look into whether President Trump could actually take funds from the university which receives $400 to $450 million in funding for research annually.

As for how he got the credentials, Yiannopoulos said it wasn't hard.

Police say 11 people were arrested after fighting with officers outside the building where McInnes was scheduled to speak. "I'll keep you posted", Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook.

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