Trump Suggests Cutting Federal Funds to UC Berkeley After Violent Protests Force Cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos Speech

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A speech by conservative firebrand and  Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at UC Berkeley on Wednesday amid violent protests that prompted President Trump to suggest cutting funding to the university.

People protest controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley. (Credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

People protest controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley. (Credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It’s unclear whether Trump was actually threatening to cut funding or making some kind of rhetorical point. The larger UC system, for which Berkeley is the flagship campus, receives billions of dollars from the federal government to fund a variety of programs, notably research, student aid and healthcare programs.

Research is the most important area.

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