President Donald Trump has given further proof of his strong, no nonsense approach to the anti-social rioting of outraged mobs by threatening to cut funding to the out-of-control University of California at Berkeley.
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He took to Twitter following the appalling scenes at the campus ahead of a planned talk by prominent journalist 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?” He later laid into the “professional anarchists” that they had proven the millions of Americans who voted Trump right.
Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
The remarks drew anger from some left-wing activists including members of California’s congressional delegation. Democrat Barbara Lee branded Trump’s threat “an abuse of power”.
But the move would be welcomed by ordinary Americans who have witnessed academic institutions become increasingly deranged in recent years with the rise of safe spaces and trigger warnings.
Previous Republican administrations have allowed the trend to continue, but this may be the first sign that Trump is prepared to put his foot down.