Trump hints that federal funding could be cut after U.C. Berkeley riot

February 2, 2017

President Trump tweeted early Thursday that if schools like University of California, Berkeley, do not allow free speech, it may cost them federal funding.

The tweet was in response to violent protests that were in response to a planned talk on campus Wednesday by Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial Breitbart News editor. The talk was canceled due to the protests.

The decision was made two hours before the event because a crowd of more than 1,500 had gathered outside the venue, the university said in a statement.

“Of paramount importance this evening was the campus’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of those attending the event, the speaker, those who came to engage in lawful protest, as well as members of the public and the Berkeley campus community,” it said.

The 32-year-old right-wing provocateur is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed internet troll whose comments have been criticized as racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist. He was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.

49 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    somebody mentioned that most of the protestors were bored, unemployed students with nothing else to do. It would serve them right if all Federal Funds
    (our money) was cut to their university and sanctuary cities until they start having respect for others and start obeying the laws..

  • Warren says:

    It should have done immediately Donald the Liberal Rats that run Berkley withheld Police Protection for those poor people let them get beat with long Sticks & Pepper Sprayed I realize how hard it would be to pick them out as they were coming in with pockets full of Soros cash wearing Masks, Hoods all Black Clothes & Boots would have been much easier to pick if wearing:
    “Gyorgy Authorized Paid Criminal” Shirts .

  • Gail Davis says:

    These snowflakes are domestic terrorists. They should be rounded up and jailed. No funds should go back to this liberal school. Let them fix their school up without the tax payers funding it. Put these snow flakes on a chain gang cleaning up highways.

  • BillB says:

    Every one of these riots should be paid for by the rioters!

  • BillB says:

    So many schools of “higher learning” (that’s a joke)…are doing everything to brainwash little johnny and suzie (no offense here if you have that name) and nothing to teach them the things that will help them get a job or be able to handle life in the real world! They know little or nothing about the founding documents or history of our country: Declaration of Independence, constitution, federalist papers, etc. They do not know what prompted the first settlers to come here and why they endured death and unbelievable hardships to survive and establish the original colonies that culminated in a country as wonderful as America. Why in hell do you think people have always wanted to immigrate here? Why do you think we have had limits and strict requirements for that? If not, we would not be America anymore and would look just like the countries they come from…and GUESS WHAT…WE ARE RAPIDLY TURNING INTO THOSE COUNTRIES!! HELLO CHILDREN, YOU BETTER WAKE UP AND STOP DRINKING THE LIBERAL COOLAID BEFORE THE FOREIGNERS OVERTAKE AMERICA AND THROW YOUR LAZY ARSES OUT!
    Take a class in the history of this country and study about the hundreds of thousands, if not millions who have died to make this country what it is and why it is the greatest on earth. AND, if you don’t think it is…GET THE HELL OUT NOW! Oh, yes, and DON’T COME BACK WHEN YOU FIND OUT NO OTHER COUNTRY WILL PUT UP WITH YOUR BS!

  • justinwachin says:

    University officials need to explain that freedom of speech does not mean you will always agree with the speaker or their message. The same Constitution that gives them freedom also applies to those they disagree with. This would be a good time to talk about civility and true tolerance. Tolerance is measured by how you respond to those you disagree with. The left has managed to package tolerance as a measure to how closely you agree with their views on a variety of issues.

  • Jim says:

    This was not really a protest …. A Protest is some one that stands toe to toe bare faced and is proud of the stand taken, ….

    What we have going on all over the Country is COWARDS, TERRORIST, MASKED AND HIDING their face, WITH NO AGENDA, JUST TERROR AND FEAR MONGERING.
    It is time President Trump call this what it is “Terrorist” foreign or domestic, they need to be arrested Charged and forced to pay damages and prison time.

    REAL and HONEST Protestors do not act this way!

    1. PatriotGal says:

      They are anarchists and I’ll wager Soros paid them.

      1. Jim says:

        I agree some one is backing these COWARD bastards!

  • Rodney Steward says:

    Take the Gov. funding away from this school it’s been but trouble for many years, but what in California isn’t trouble!!

  • dmttbt says:

    My exact thought as soon as I read about the riots. There are ways to handle riots, the 60s were full of riots called demonstrations. That was where the blacks marched and set places on fire as a protest and they expected the military to go in and stop them. They were burning down their own people’s business, so I thought why would we want to stop a group from self destruction?

  • ONLYJB1 says:

    Mr. President, just go through the correct departments and do it! Make it happen and watch them shut up! They so rely on huge government funding. Without it, they’re DONE!

  • ch says:

    CUT ALL FUNDING. It is apparent by their actions that they are NOT there to learn anything. They only want to listen to their professors teach them hatred of this country. Arson is a crime and should be punished. They should be charged with a hate crime as the conservative speaker was also gay–shame on you tolerant lefts, tolerant gays, and a state that shields illegals.

    This was no protest, this was a RIOT. I was hoping to wake up and see Berkley burnt to the ground.

    If you don’t like it here –Leave the country. I am tired of my tax dollars being given to you ungrateful students to turn around and spit in our faces. Enough!!

    1. dmttbt says:

      I agree. The votes that Bernie was getting were from people wanting to go to college at the tax payers expense. Their parents should have taught them right from wrong long before they are college age.

  • Michael Bellinger says:

    You have to remember that this is Californication and is run by the liberals so no police action….Stop all funding….I think just campuss cops were there.

  • bob breglio says:

    The last time I looked, arson was a crime that the police could use deadly force to stop. Why aren’t some of these anarchists in the morgue? That would stop these illiberal snowflakes temper tantrums real quick. Protesting is fine as long as they don’t stop the person they are protesting from speaking. Free speech is a two way street. You didn’t get the lying, cheating, immoral president you wanted? TOO bad.. BOO HOO.

    1. Herschel Weintraub says:

      They used deadly force on PEACEFUL protesters at Kent State. Stop all of this hate and disgusting language, Trump followers.

      1. bob breglio says:

        You must be an addled brained liberal. Since when is arson a peaceful protest tactic? Arson is a felony and deadly force can be used to stop it. If a few hundred of these anarchists were stopped cold, it might stop the liberal insanity. You and your ilk lost the last election. And if you are entitled to your delusional opinion, then so am I 🙂

        1. Herschel Weintraub says:

          Bob Breglio. The first things out of your keyboard are insults. Typical Trump supporters. Plus if you would learn to read, you would see that you totally skewed my point. Try reading before making yourself look like a Trump supporter.

      2. Jim says:

        These were not protesters … they are Terrorists … Protesters stand bare faced, proudly stating their point, Terrorist hide, like COWARDS, wear masks, and invoke fear.
        So don’t compare protesters with TERRORIST. All thou Kent State was not so peaceful either.
        As for the hate and disgusting language …. look to YOUR leaders ……………..
        Democrats, Hollywood, so called stars, one and all, No brains just Nazi robotic zombies.



        1. Herschel Weintraub says:

          Jim. Kent State was peaceful. I was nearby.

  • VanceJ says:

    Just do it.!!!! NOW

  • gvette says:

    You have to chuckle a little. Liberals burning their own school, and attacking their own. Keep it up folks. You are proving more, and more everyday, how stupid you are!

    1. ArcticGrayling says:

      Liberals burning their own school? Rather like niggers burning their own cities.

      Birds of a feather flock together.

      1. gvette says:

        I can only agree with you!!

    2. dmttbt says:

      The problem is yes they destroy things and then they expect the government to replace things. I say no replacement.

      1. gvette says:

        Well, I was just reading where trump wants to end funding to that school. I like the sound of that!

  • Luke says:

    This speaker, Milo is also a gay, so I believe this is a hate crime and should be treated as such. These fascist liberal loons are nothing but intolerant hypocrite trash..

    1. ArcticGrayling says:

      Those college snowflakes can’t stomach the thought of a faggot who is conservative.

      1. Dee says:

        I heard Many of the gays in the Orlando massacre switched sides and voted Trump . What will the left do when they loose another group ?

      2. dmttbt says:

        Do you mean they didn’t like obama?

      3. PatriotGal says:

        Arctic, he is not conservative, he is libertarian.

  • bargeman says:

    Hope they burn the whole campus to the ground.

    1. ArcticGrayling says:

      The world would be a better place.

  • itsfun says:

    The liberals are so afraid of free speech, they riot to stop it. They burn, destroy property, hurt innocent people, then whine about free speech. They are no protesters, but they are rioters.

  • Jim says:

    Free speech? Sure, unless you disagree with the Liberal LOONS, ALL of them are A BUNCH OF LOSERS. Not one penny should go to ANY COLLEGE!
    They All rant, Anti-Speech, Brain Washing, and erase Common Sense, from the face of the Earth!
    Why would any one send their sons or daughters to such a place?

    1. dmttbt says:

      I know a college graduate who is about 28 years old and I have yet to convince her that obama is a muslim. I told her to read the book he wrote Audacity of Hope page 261.

      1. Jim says:

        As I said Brain washed, common sense out the door!
        We have a lost generation, thanks to the Legislators of our Country, that includes School boards, Cities, Counties, and Federal.
        This is the very reason Mr. Trump is now, President Trump, and why I am proud to say I voted for him!

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          That’s the very thing they’re called, the lost generations, but this BS started under Bush with the no child left behind, and then the name was changed under Obama to common core, both are the same thing!

          1. PatriotGal says:

            Rodney, this was a BIPARTISAN law written by both Dems and Repubs and passed by both Houses of Congress with bi-partisan votes. “The legislation was proposed by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2001. It was coauthored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH). The United States House of Representatives passed the bill on May 23, 2001 (voting 384–45),[8] and the United States Senate passed it on June 14, 2001 (voting 91–8).[9] President Bush signed it into law on January 8, 2002.”

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            You go Girl, This is very informative and some great work!! 🙂

          3. Jim says:

            I think it started when God was removed from the public, when it was ok to burn our flag, because of some dumb ass Judge saying that is free speech, WELL it is NOT free speech, it is spite on men like my Father and others that fought to protect our flag.
            So we can go back to Kennedy / Johnson days the gutless wonders did nothing except start America down the dark path we on now on!

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            I agree Jim, and they still burn the and it makes me sick! Got a long way to go to get this country on track, if it ever does!

          5. Jim says:

            Yep, but now we are two, and tomorrow we maybe 5 then 20 and soon we are taking it back, one day one brick at a time.
            Thanks for standing up for what is right.

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            I have to friend, my Oath was for Life, we are many!! 🙂

  • bargeman says:

    mama’s little ones pee pee in their panks because they do not get every thing. CUT all FUNDING

    1. itsfun says:

      That’s right. Why should we pay for riots? Why weren’t they arrested for burning, destroying property, and hurting people?

  • Pat Cross says:

    college whiners

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