President Donald Trump on Thursday sent out a scathing Twitter message to the University of California at Berkeley, threatening to pull federal funding from the school because of its violent student body uprising in the face of a planned speech from Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos.
Students, as previously reported at PamelaGeller.com here, waged riots on campus in protest of a Milo speech, that was soon after cancelled.
Trump, in a tweet, wrote: “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’s tweet came after protesters smashed windows and tossed smoke bombs at the student union building, all in hopes of stopping Yiannopolous from Breitbart from speaking.
Yiannopoulos had to be escorted to safety. At least three people were injured in the melee.
As the New York Daily News noted:
“More than 1,500 protesters pushed back on Yiannopoulos’ appearance, and many cheered when news of the cancellation broke.
“Berkeley — often cited as one of the best public universities in America — said in a statement it condemned ‘the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display’ and ‘deeply regret(s) that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives.’ The school noted that Yiannopoulos was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans, not the university itself, but school officials and police still helped plan and secure the event.”
The school receives $370 million from federal coffers to conduct research. The entire University of California college system received about $8.5 billion from the federal government.