LETTERS: Grandchildren of protesters now oppose free speech

February 03-Milo Yiannopoulos, a professional provocateur, provoked not only protesters who shut down his speech at UC Berkeley but also President Trump, who suggested Thursday that federal funds be withheld from the campus as a result - and professors, politicians and students, who expressed disbelief about that possibility. Trump wrote on Twitter at 6:13am EST (1113 GMT).

Trump took offense Thursday morning over the canceled speech. Like many of our readers, I've really had it with this garbage from the left.

The decision was made two hours before the appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos (yuh-NAH'-poh-lihs) because a crowd of more than 1,500 had gathered outside the venue, the university said in a statement. In 2015, President Obama said, "Anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them".

"All we have to go on now is another angry tweet", said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat from the Los Angeles suburb of Paramount.

"We have been having ongoing discussions on how to protect California from potential harm from the Trump Administration - those discussions will continue", Rendon said.

Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News, was escorted by police from the campus as a relatively small group among the 1500 protesters smashed windows and set fires and the campus was put on lockdown.

On Thursday, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks condemned the violence.

Last night's reported initial protest was peaceful, only to be followed by the rioting, mostly by people clad in black uniforms.

Echoing Lane, Cohen expresses confidence that Congress and research funding agencies like the NSF and the National Institutes of Health would "become significant blockades to exacting any sort of retaliatory executive order against specific organisations or universities based on the president's sentiment or whim". The disturbance was organized by the self-described NYU Anti-Fascists group, which, in a Facebook post, encouraged protesters to stand up against "bigotry, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny on our campus". "President Donald Trump can not bully our university into silence, ' said California Democrat Representative Barbara Lee in a statement".

The AP notes that UC Berkeley is the "birthplace of the free-speech movement and has been known for more than a half-century as a bastion of tolerance": "It was not a proud night for this campus", school spokesman Dan Mogulof said, later adding, "We are proud of our history and legacy as the home of the free-speech movement". It may be hard for Trump to cut off this money, as much of it is awarded through a competitive process that evaluates projects based on scientific merit.

He is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed internet troll whose comments have been criticized as racist, misogynist and anti-Muslim. They were not from the campus. "I have never seen them before".

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