Robert Reich: Who sent the thugs to Berkeley? | Opinion

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org. The events at Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milo Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere. As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist and misogynistic vitriol.

Robert Reich is the Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, was formerly secretary of labor in the Clinton administration. A sensible person you might think.

Here’s his argument:

According to a promotional Breitbart story that ran before the event, Yiannopoulos was going to “ call for the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies.”

Which is exactly what Trump did via tweet early the next morning:: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

Thursday night, Yiannopoulos had a friendly interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” – a show that, according to the Washington Post, has ridden anger at left-wing activism into best-in-class prime time ratings.

Yiannopoulos wasn’t asked about the content of the speech that was shut down. The conversation focused instead on how Berkeley proved the point that the Left was ceding its right to federal grants by cracking down on free speech.

Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding.

That, you might think, would be a somewhat high-risk strategy. Given that there were around 100 Black Bloc rioters, if one or two are arrested and faced lengthy jail sentences and civil action, might there not be just the slightest risk that they would let the cat out of the bag?

But don’t worry. This isn’t a groundless conspiracy theory. Reich is still in full control of his critical faculties.

I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here.

I wouldn’t bet against it.

In other news, I wouldn’t bet against the moon landings being faked, that Elvis is dead, and that 9/11 was the work of the Rothschilds.