Protests have turned violent on UC Berkeley's campus and surrounding streets after large groups of masked protesters joined the demon...
Protests have turned violent on UC Berkeley's campus and surrounding streets after large groups of masked protesters joined the demonstrations and began hurling rocks through business windows, burning trash and cars, and reeking havoc on the Berkeley streets. The demonstrations began in protest of Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulous, who was set to speak at the Berkeley campus. Starting February 1st, UC Berkely gave Yiannopoulous a major forum to speak to students, yet was shortly cancelled after what Robert Reich called "masked agitators" began throwing Molotov cocktails and tearing the city apart.
The Two (Opposite) Conspiracy Theories to explain the "masked thugs".
Both Democrats and Republicans seem to have developed convincing conspiracy theories to pass the blame for these violent rioters on to each other.
Democrats Conspiracy: Yiannopoulous and Steven Bannon planted the masked thugs
Reich claims that both Yiannopoulous and Steve Bannon are behind things turning violent in Berkely. Bannon ran Breitbart before joining Trump's administration as strategy, therefore Reich believes there is an underlying connection between the "agitators" and Bannon. On his website, Reich asks readers to "connect the dots" for themselves, as he points out Breitbart posted an article saying Yiannopoulous "will call for withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies." Reich continues, saying that after police cancelled Yiannopoulous's speech, Trump tweeted out accusing Berkeley of not allowing free speech and threatening to withhold funds. Next, Reich says Yiannopoulous went on FOX the next night, saying how the incident proves Berkeley doesn't deserve federal funding.
However, while Reich's claims seem plausible, there may be another reason he's determined to pass the blame on to Yiannopoulous and Breitbart News. The night Yiannopoulous spoke out against Berkeley on FOX, Reich was on CNN saying that it is likely Yiannopoulous and Bannon are behind the masked agitators, as he said; "I wouldn't bet against it." The next day, Breitbart fired back at Reich for his outlandish claims that "right-wing conservatives" are behind the Berkeley protests.
Republican Conspiracy: George Soros and Berkeley adminstrators set up the protests
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh also chimed in on Reich's claims, saying “The labor secretary, former labor secretary, Robert B. Reich,” said Rush, “claims that the protesters in Berkeley were actually hired by Breitbart. That it was a Breitbart false flag. They weren’t really leftists that were doing this. Go to the audio sound bites. Last night on CNN Tonight, Don Lemon speaking with the former Secretary of Labor for Clinton, said, “The violence we saw at Berkeley, it plays right into the hands of the right-wing white supremacists, you know, the people at Breitbart. What do you think about that, Mr. Secretary?”
Limbaugh continued, blaming Soros for the masked thugs and claiming the Democrats are deflecting the blame onto the Republicans. “They don’t want anybody to think that these protesters in Berkeley that blew that place up were Democrats. They don’t want ’em to think it’s leftist students. Why do they not want to embrace them, encourage them, and claim credit? What is there to gain by blaming this on Breitbart? Don Lemon, now thoroughly intrigued, said, “You think this is a strategy by Milo Yiannopoulos or right wingers? Did they put this on in an effort to show that there’s no free speech on a college campus like Berkeley? The right wingers did this?””
Because the university was behind the riots… From the information people have crowd-sourced from Facebook groups, e-mails, and testimonies of students, the university has been conspiring to shut down this event from the moment it was proposed. Professors offered extra credit to students who protested and attempted to shut down the event. - Apparently the university itself imposed something like a $6,500 fee on the students who organized the event and told them they cannot graduate unless they pay it or cancel the event. They imposed this fee less than a week before the event happened, making it impossible for the students to come up with that kind of money in time. An anonymous donor paid the fee on their behalf, and so the event was allowed to continue. So when news got out that somebody had paid the fee to get around the university-level shutdown, professors and left-wing students organized Facebook groups to go protest and shut down the event with violence. - The majority of this violence was led by a group called Antifa, who claim to be anti-fascists, but who are actually fascists themselves: going around shutting down free speech events and literally burning books written by people they disagree with.Tonight, multiple Conservative talk-show radio hosts and journalists claimed Berkely protesters were offering students extra credit and even a 100 percent grade average for protesting and demonstrating in defiance of Donald Trump. However, that claim has not been founded.