Riots erupted at University of California, Berkeley, Wednesday night in response to a scheduled speech by Breitbart News Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
“Obviously it is a liberal campus. They particularly did not like me, libertarian or conservative people,” Yiannopoulos told Fox News host Tucker Carlson soon after the mayhem began.
“People started arriving in black clothes, carrying weapons and things. Rocks being thrown. Eventually the ground floor was breached.”
“We started preparing for the show, people started arriving in black clothes, carrying weapons and things. Rocks being thrown. Eventually the ground floor was breached and I was evacuated,” Yiannopoulos said.
The radical leftist protesters lit fires, pepper-sprayed innocent bystanders, and attacked Trump supporters. They also caused extensive property damage; smashing ATMs and bank windows and looting a Starbucks.
“Kill Trump” graffiti was seen, while one harrowing video posted to Twitter showed the rioters chasing down Trump supporters and beating them unconscious with metal poles.
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The Berkeley riot is just the latest incident of increasingly frequent leftist political violence. Similar violence occurred on Inauguration Day, both in Washington, D.C., and in Seattle at a Yiannopoulos event at the University of Washington.
An activist at an anti-Trump Black Lives Matter protest over the weekend was caught calling for the murder of political opponents. “We need to start killing people,” the woman said.
“The Left cannot tolerate anyone on their campus who does not subscribe to their own crazy views,” said Yiannopoulos on Fox News Wednesday. “The Left is profoundly antithetical to free speech these days, does not want to hear alternative points of view, and will do anything to shut it down,” he added.
“Don’t look now, but the same people who love to label everyone Hitler or Mussolini and throw around the term fascist are rioting in order to shut down the freedoms of speech and assembly,” said Eddie Zipperer, a political science professor at Georgia Military College.
That the Left would become increasingly prone to violence and destruction was largely inevitable.
Having sacrificed ideas for emotions — having abandoned any attempt to defend even the semblance of a coherent intellectual argument — and having been fed a steady diet of hyperbolic rhetoric by their professors, the mainstream media, and a slew of leftist NGOs, liberals have long been a violent fifth column in the making.
“The entire education has failed these students in epic fashion. They’ve been taught that left-wing beliefs are super awesome and right-wing beliefs are evil,” Zipperer told LifeZette.
“The Left used to be the people who said, ‘I disagree with what you’re saying, but I’d die for your right to say it.’ Unfortunately, they trades that in for a philosophy of, ‘I disagree with what you’re saying, and I will riot to silence you,'” Zipperer continued. “It’s disgraceful, and the values behind it are 100 anti-American,” he said.