California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement on Thursday in response to the UC Berkeley riots that painted guest speaker Milo Yiannopoulos as the culprit behind the chaos – even though it was Milo attendees that were harassed and attacked throughout the night – and offered his support for the kind of violent protest that was on display on Wednesday.
“Hatred has no home on California’s public university campuses in any form, from vitriol to violence. We witnessed both extremes at UC Berkeley’s campus last night, from the racism and misogyny of fly-by-night provocateur and white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos, to the excessive response of a few protesters,” the statement read.
“Freedom of speech lives in the fabric of UC Berkeley,” Newsom stated unironically, blasting President Donald Trump for threatening to pull federal funds from UC Berkeley for refusing to foster a space that allows safe expression of First Amendment rights.
Doing so, Newsom claimed, “would only create more innocent victims and more Trump carnage.”
In continuing his pivot towards attacking Trump instead of the rioters who assaulted innocent bystanders and destroyed property, Newsom stated: “President Trump is quick to attack American students, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, journalists, and our international allies but he is either too weak or too ignorant to stand up to white supremacists and others who spew hatred.”
“That’s why the President and his extremist acolytes like Yiannopoulos need to hear from the resistance, loudly and repeatedly. We must continue to step in and stand up to resist reckless rhetoric and actions in a peaceful and forceful manner,” Newsom’s statement laughably concluded.