“He’s the president, not a dictator, & his empty threats are an abuse of power,” Rep. Barbara Lee said in a statement.
Trump threatened to withdraw the funds if the university “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.”
Her full statement read:
Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career of inflaming racist, sexist and nativist sentiments. Berkeley has a proud history of dissent and students were fully within their rights to protest peacefully. However, I am disappointed by the unacceptable acts of violence last night which were counterproductive and dangerous.
President Donald Trump cannot bully our university into silence. Simply put, President Trump’s empty threat to cut funding from UC Berkeley is an abuse of power. As a senior member of the education funding subcommittee, I will continue to stand up to President Trump’s overreach and defend the rights of our students and faculty.