President Trump questions UC Berkeley funding after protest

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President Donald Trump is questioning whether the University of California at Berkeley should be granted federal funding. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Donald Trump is questioning whether the University of California at Berkeley should be granted federal funding. Trump urges the school to honor free speech.

Protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and started a bonfire prompting university officials to cancel a talk Wednesday by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos out of safety concerns.


Trump tweeted Thursday, "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?"



Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to Trump's tweet, saying he was "appalled" at Trump's "willingness to deprive over 38,000 students access to an education because of the actions of a few."

Berkeley canceled Yiannopoulos' appearance after a crowd of some 1,500 gathered outside the venue.

The 32-year-old right-wing provocateur is a vocal Trump supporter and a self-proclaimed internet troll whose comments have been criticized as racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist.

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