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>> US President, Donald Trump, Thursday, threatening to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley, after violent protests overnight forced the cancellation of a controversial appearance by a far right Breitbart news editor. Trump tweeting around 6 AM Eastern, if UC Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view, no federal funds?
Protesters at the left leaning school Wednesday clashed with police, smashing windows, tossing metal barricades, and setting fires. Just hours before Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak there. Yiannopoulos made headlines last year when his Twitter account was suspended after he was accused of participating in the online harassment of comedian Leslie Jones.
In a statement, the University blamed about 150 masked agitators for the violence during the otherwise mostly peaceful rally by about 1,500 people.>> This is not a proud night for this campus, the home of the free speech movement.>> Reuters correspondent Robin Respo says, if Trump's threat turns into action, the university, which received $345 million in federal grant money last year, might take a hit.
>> The majority of UC Berkeley's funding comes from either state money or tuition from students. But one area that is particularly reliant on federal money is in research, where more than half of the research money at the university comes from Washington. In particular, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
So that could be one area that's at risk if this is more than just a tweet from Trump.>> On Thursday, Yiannopoulos responded to President Trump's tweet with a Facebook post saying, American universities are on notice. The President is watching. The days you could silence conservative and libertarian voices on campus and still expect to collect their tax money are coming to an end.
I am the catalyst for this change. His publication Breitbart was run by Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.