Trump threatens to cancel UC Berkeley's funding in wake of violent protests

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Violent demonstrations broke out on the campus of U.C. Berkeley Wednesday evening as people gathered to protest guest speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, reports the New York Times.

In the interest of safety, the school canceled the scheduled event.

President Trump responded to the incident on Thursday morning, writing, "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?"

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A worker surveys the damage to a vandalized Starbucks after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: People protesting controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos take to the streets on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A scheduled speech by Yiannopoulos was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
A vandalized Bank of America office is seen after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Police officers prepare to deploy a skirmish line after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: People protesting controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos burn trash and cardboard in the street on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A scheduled speech by Yiannopoulos was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: A protester is carried into a building by police officers during a protest on the UC Berkeley campus on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A speech by controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak at the university, was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: People protesting controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos march in the street on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A scheduled speech by Yiannopoulos was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: Damage is seen to a Chase Bank branch following a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A speech by controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 1: A protester smashes the window of a Target store on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A speech by controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)
The inside of a Chase Bank is seen after being vandalised by protesters in Berkeley, California on February 1, 2017. Violent protests erupted on February 1 at the University of California at Berkeley over the scheduled appearance of a controversial editor of the conservative news website Breitbart. / AFP / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man pulls a piece of metal out of a window as a flare burns inside a Wells Fargo Bank in Berkeley, California on February, 1, 2017. A speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos scheduled at the University of Berkeley was cancelled after demonstrators set fires and threw objects at buildings to protest his appearance. / AFP / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Yiannopoulos, a frequent contributor to Breitbart News, is often at the center of the free speech versus hate speech debate, notes the Los Angeles Times.

Politico reports that some of his better-known statements include, "birth control makes women unattractive and crazy," and, "gay rights have made us dumber, it's time to get back in the closet."

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