Milo Yiannopoulos' appearance at Northern California campus creates extensive destruction of university property.
President Trump threatened to cut federal funding to UC Berkley after a peaceful protest turned violent when a group of radicals began throwing small bombs and lighting fires on the Northern California campus.
What started out as a rally against Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos who was scheduled to speak at the university suddenly erupted into a heated demonstration with fires being set, and incendiaries being thrown at police.
Yiannopoulos, a gay man, has become a controversial representative of LGBT community in that he vocally opposes transgender rights and many ideals set forth to encourage inclusion and equality.
The editor was invited by the school’s Republican group, but his appearance was canceled the night of the event “amid violence, destruction of property and out of concern for public safety.”
Taking to social media, Yiannopoulos recorded his response to the upheaval saying “The Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”
Donald Trump also sounded off through his Twitter feed early Thursday morning with a not-so-veiled threat that he would cut-off federal funding to 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? “ – Donald J Trump – Twitter
Ironically, nearly 50 years ago, UC Berkley was the foundation which began the free speech movement, but campus officials say they did not encourage violence or unruly civil unrest.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives,” the university said in a statement.
Berkley claims that a number of angry protesters were the charge that ignited the outbreak, when they interrupted the relatively quiet demonstration.
“The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest.”
Mayhem ensued when the mass of detractors began setting fires, attacking police and using large objects to smash through doors.
Yiannopoulos was ushered to safety, and was able to give his commentary about the situation which you can view HERE.