Trump Threatens To Cut Federal Funding from UC Berkeley After Protest

Trump Threatens To Cut Federal Funding from UC Berkeley After Protest February 2, 2017

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Milo Yiannopoulos. Image via Wikimedia Commons

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” This is what our president tweeted this morning in response to the protests at UC Berkeley.

The protest against alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos began peacefully, but NPR reports that violence “instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest.”  There isn’t evidence if these agitators were even UC Berkeley students. 

Police Chief Margo Bennet told the Associated Press that: “This was a group of agitators who were masked up, throwing rocks, commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers.” At least six people were injured. 

Personally, I think violence is not going to be helpful and only creates a victim narrative for Milo. However, while I’m all for free speech, Yiannopoulos has started harassing students at his talks so I really don’t think he should be invited back to college campuses anyway.

But the larger message here is that our president is seriously threatening to cut funding from a protest. Yes, the protest was infiltrated with violent people, but it did start out peaceful. Why punish the entire university? If this funding cut actually went through, it would create a dangerous precedent where schools could lose money if the president didn’t agree with a protest.


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