Trump Threatens to Cut Federal Funding to Berkeley After Riots

Protestors watch a bonefire on Sproul Plaza during a rally against the scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on the University of California at Berkeley campus on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. His planned talk sparked violent protests, however, during which demonstrators broke windows and threw smoke bombs and flares.

"They put this on in an effort to show there's no free speech on a college campus like UC Berkeley?".

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" he wrote on Twitter.

"He was invited by the campus Republican club, but he has now cancelled his speech for security reasons, as fire was set at the university".

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According to Berkeley's 2014-2015 annual financial report, the most recent posted on its website, the university received $417.3 million in federal grants and contracts, plus an additional $39.4 million in Pell grants for students during 2015. "UCPD reported no major injuries and about a half-dozen minor injuries", the UC Berkeley public affairs office said in a statement. A harassment campaign against "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones led to him being banned from Twitter previous year. Last night, it was clear to me and many others familiar within Berkeley that the violent masked protesters represented that group and not the vast majority of students that see Berkeley as their home. 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. The UC Davis event was also canceled amid protests.

"All of it began the first time some of you who know better...let young people think that they had the right to choose the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest."
As he imagines it, the outspoken and outrageous Milo-who has successfully been doing these events for the last 12 months at universities throughout the land-rashly chose to take a page from the leftwing playbook and rent-a-few-hundred thugs to riot and close down the last speech on his tour at the one place it would have had special meaning. He said there weren't enough officers on hand at the start of the protests to make arrests and protect the public.

Yiannopoulos criticized the protesters on his Facebook page and posted a meme that seemed to compare liberal protesters to fascists in Nazi Germany.

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