Trump threatens to pull Berkeley’s funding over campus protest

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Donald Trump threatened to pull Berkeley’s funding, and the timing has many people taking notice, since he tweeted about it just shortly after Fox News ran a segment about the protests there.

On Thursday’s Fox and Friends First, Fox News radio host Todd Starnes spoke out against the violent riots that took place on Wednesday in opposition to a speech by alt-right leader and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

“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 said.

“Free speech for all, or no federal money,” he added. “Not a single taxpayer penny, period.”

Then, early in the morning, shortly after the segment, Trump tweeted out the following message: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

This isn’t the first time that the president has seemed to be tweeting in response to Fox News segments, as he has also apparently tweeted out responses to things like Bill O’Reilly’s segment on Chicago or a Fox & Friends segment on flag-burning.

Trump’s Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon is ironically the former executive editor of Breitbart News.

 

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