(The Telegraph) Donald Trump has threatened to pull ‘federal funds’ from the University of California at Berkeley after it cancelled a far-right commentator’s appearance due to protests.
In an eventful 24 hours for US foreign relations the president has also tweeted that Iran has been “formally put on notice” for firing a ballistic missile.
At UC Berkeley, protesters had hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off Wednesday’s talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, the polarising editor of Breitbart News.
Some 1,500 people gathered outside the venue carrying signs that read “Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech” . A smaller group of protesters dressed in black and in hooded sweatshirts that showed up as night fell to break windows, throw smoke bombs and flares, and start the raging blaze outside the building.
Mr Trump said the university was suppressing “free speech” and suggested he could block its federal funding.
Yiannopoulos, a 32-year-old right-wing provocateur, is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed internet troll whose comments have been criticised as racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist.
He was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.
In a series of tweets on Thursday Mr Trump also criticised Iran, saying the country was on the verge of collapse until the US gave it a “lifeline” in the form of the Iran deal.
“Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.” He tweeted, “Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!”…