As Berkeleyside reports, Hayden Williams, the activist with Turning Point USA who was seen on video getting sucker punched by another non-student on Sproul Plaza last month, was at CPAC and Trump invited him onto the stage.
As he has in the past, Trump once again threatened the university's funding, saying Saturday, "If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak peacefully. If they don’t it will be very costly."
Trump further suggested that Williams should sue the university (and the state of California) over the assault, and said he could, by executive order, withhold money from any school that didn't support free speech.
UC Berkeley says that the incident involved "one lone bad actor" who was not a student or at all affiliated with the university. Further, the school says, "None of [the facts of the case are being] disputed, but what followed, in terms of the campus’s ensuing words and deeds, as well as the actions of the University of California Police Department, has been willfully distorted and inaccurately reported."
The statement goes on to lay out each documented response to the incident issued by the university and campus police. And the university seems dumbfounded that the conservative media/Twitter believes the school was somehow responsible for not doing more to prevent such an incident.
"In certain quarters of the media world theatrical outrage was expressed regarding the university’s supposed failure to prevent the criminal act in question. We readily admit that this university—like every single town, city, county, and state in this country—is unable to prevent a lone bad actor who was neither employee or student from engaging in reprehensible behavior on a campus spanning 1,200 acres and a population of 50,000 people."
As an example of what the university is referring to, Breitbart News published a post last week saying "UC Berkeley, a campus that was once celebrated as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s, now appears to have become a haven of militant opposition against conservative students and visitors expressing views that fall outside of Leftist Groupthink."
UC Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor Dan Mogulof tells Berkeleyside that it's absurd how little attention has been given to the conservative speakers that the university has hosted in recent years without incident, but this one fistfight between two non-students becomes national news.
"Although we made every effort to inform the media, not a single outlet reported on the incontestable fact that these conservative student groups hosted a large number of conservative speakers, including Charlie Kirk (founder of Turning Point USA), Rick Santorum, Dennis Prager, Heather MacDonald, Candace Owens, Dave Rubin, Steve Simpson, Antonia Okafor and Allie Stuckey. Not a single disruption. No opposition. No protest. No coverage," says Mogulof.