President Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday after the institution canceled a talk by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown after intense protests against the planned speech.
While Trump framed his early morning tweet around free speech and opposition to violent demonstrations, his critics are likely to interpret the message as indirect support for Yiannopoulos, a deeply polarizing figure who portrays himself as a champion of open expression but whose detractors view as a hatemonger.
“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” wrote Trump.
Since when does any president control federal funding to institutes of higher learning? I thought that was the job of Congress. More threats out of Trump.
U. C. Berkeley is not practicing violence on innocent people with a different point of view. Individuals are practicing violence. They should be arrested.
What I find odd is that Milo Yiannopoulos pretty much is a hate monger. The student body at Berkley feels he is repugnant and they don’t want him at their school. For certain there is a fee associated with his speech. Don’t they have a right to express their displeasure? Those who break the law should be arrested. Setting fires and rioting is illegal.
The scofflaws don’t represent the entire student body. Why should everyone be threatened with loss of funding? I wouldn’t want this speaker being paid to speak at my college either. Milo Yiannopoulos is not just a different point of view, any more than the KKK is a different point of view. He is an extremist and supports ideas that most of us feel are unAmerican.
Shame on Trump for threatening the entire student body at Berkeley.