It looks like President Donald Trump is now (or perhaps always has been) taking his marching orders from the Fox News channel. Recently students at the University of Berkeley in Northern California took to the street to protest a scheduled speech by White Supremacist (Alt-Right) Guru and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The protest turned violent as windows were broken, fires set, and some Trump supporters physically assaulted.
Fox and Friends covered the incident and brought on Fox News radio host Todd Starnes to give his take on the Berkeley protests.
Here is what needs to happen; President Trump should immediately issue an executive order blocking Berkeley students from receiving any federal funding. Same goes for any other public university that wants to silence conservative voices,” Starnes argued.
“Free speech for all, or no federal money,” he insisted. “Not a single taxpayer penny, period.”
Shortly after Starnes made his statement, Trump tweeted this message on Twitter:
If U.C Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
While the irony of Trump condemning violence against people with a different point of view is strong enough to rip a hole in the space-time continuum, perhaps the bigger story is how Trump has an instinct to take drastic measures against whole groups of people to punish the actions of a few.
The Muslim ban is just one example. But now Trump wants to punish students who may have been in their dorm rooms or at the library studying for a test and not involved in any protest activity, for the actions of a few people who may not even be students at the university. He freely admits to being petty and vindictive, and it’s only a matter of time before he starts abusing his position to punish his perceived enemies. But this is who Donald Trump is — he’s a man who is perpetually half-cocked and willfully ignorant of the facts. Unfortunately, unlike before January 20, Trump now has real ammunition that can damage a lot of lives.
There is no room for negotiation or appeasement. This administration must be opposed and exposed before Trump destroys America.
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