Progressives are more than happy to blame the victim, so long as the victim is conservative.Such was the response to the vicious riots arising from Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speech at UC Berkeley two nights ago. Over $100,000 in damage was done to Berkeley’s campus.
Milo’s speech — slated to be critical of “cultural appropriation,” — had to be canceled.
They are surrounding people and beating them with Antifa flags and poles. pic.twitter.com/v3o1kEpwFj— Just Call Me Mister (@MisterMetokur) February 2, 2017
Just toppled a light pole. Craziest protest I've seen in Berkeley by far. Crowd fast turning violent. pic.twitter.com/5ujFLOtA4u
— Michael Bodley (@michael_bodley) February 2, 2017
A number of prominent leftists defended the violence. Writer and producer, Judd Apatow, warned “This is just the beginning. When will all the fools who are still supporting Trump realize what’s at stake?” Filmmaker Lexi Alexander told her followers to “set it all on fire” when their campus invites a “Nazi.”
The ridiculous “Nazi” rhetoric wasn’t limited just to celebrity idiots either.As Breitbart reported:
The Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has released a statement offering lukewarm condemnation of the riots that prevented MILO’s final event of the “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” whilst smearing him as a “white supremacist.”
Newsom, who has launched a campaign for Governor of California in 2018, said in a statement that people experienced “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 protestors.”He then went on to attack President Donald Trump, who yesterday condemned the protests whilst threatening to cut university’s $350 million of federal funding, over half its budget.
“Nazi” and “white supremacist” or “white nationalist” are bizarre descriptions of Milo, a gay Jewish immigrant with numerous black ex-boyfriends. It’s a reminder that anyone who disagrees with the far-left runs the risk of being labeled a “Nazi.” People who think that “Jewish Nazis” are something that actually exist aren’t people you can reason with.
Few seem to be buying into the insanity, however. The UC Berkeley protesters may have prevented 600 students from hearing Milo speak, but now millions of people who would’ve never heard of Milo are now exposed to his views because of trending social media reports.
And that’s been clearly reflected in the form of an overnight 12,740% jump in pre-orders for his forthcoming book:
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]