Self proclaimed “anti-fascist” groups took to U.C. Berkeley last night in response to conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled and sold out speech on campus.
At U.C. Berkeley, where the free speech movement began decades ago, an estimated 150 masked agitators stormed the campus to violently disrupt an event where Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak. The protest quickly turned into what can easily be described as mayhem and rioting, as masked thugs lit buildings on fire and attacked innocent bystanders.
This morning President Trump quickly responded to the Berkeley riots on Twitter stating that if, “U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Trump is referring to the hundreds of millions of dollars that Berkeley receives in federal funding, as they benefited from $370 million in 2015/2016 alone, and using that money as leverage to force universities to accept free speech rather than suppressing alternative viewpoints.
Media outlets, staying true to their anti-Trump bias, issued slanted headlines making Trump’s message into one of punishing Berkeley for not allowing “far-right speech”, citing a simple “protest” rather than the reality of anarchists setting buildings on fire and attacking bystanders.
Using headlines such as “Trump threatens U.C. Berkeley after protests stop far-right speech“, mainstream media sources tried to brand Trump’s actions as an “abuse of power”, yet fail to recognize his desire to uphold the law and allow free speech to flourish within our country’s educational institutions.
Little do these protesters and media pundits realize is that by shutting down Milo’s event, burning buildings and using violence against bystanders these actions only propelled Milo’s message to further national attention. After his event was violently shut down, Milo phoned in for an interview on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, one of the most watched shows on cable news and reached millions more people than he would have by just delivering a speech at a university.
The extreme leftists are literally burning themselves out by the chaos and destruction they cause. The more moderate independent voters will gravitate towards supporting Trump’s policies, as these protesters are only proving the need for stronger law and order policies.