Trump threatens to cut UC Berkeley's funding after it cancels Breitbart editor’s event

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from the University of California at Berkeley over its decision to cancel a talk by the senior editor of Breitbart News, an alt-right news website.

Trump threatens to cut UC Berkeley

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from the University of California at Berkeley over its decision to cancel a talk by the senior editor of Breitbart News, an alt-right news website.

At UC Berkeley, protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off Wednesday's talk by Milo Yiannopoulos.

“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 warned on Twitter Thursday morning.


Berkeley University said it did not endorse his ideas but was committed to free speech and rejected calls to cancel the event, which was sponsored by the campus Republican club.

The university opted to cancel Yiannopoulos’s speech roughly two hours before it was set to begin after a protest against his presence on the campus turned violent, CNN reported.

Around 1,500 people gathered to peacefully protest Yiannopoulos' visit before a smaller group of people dressed in black started a wave of vandalism.

The school blamed 150 masked agitators for igniting the violence, which included Molotov cocktails and fireworks launched at police.

The Berkeley College Republicans said its “constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs.”
Breitbart described as "alt-right" supported the President throughout his campaign and has been accused of propagating “fake news” with its vehemently anti-immigration agenda.