Here’s How Reagan Reacted To A Berkeley Uproar Compared To Trump’s Handling Of The Current Situation

The incredibly disturbing images and videos that have emanated from Wednesday night’s ‘protest’ at UC Berkeley have been an incredible black eye for the storied institute of higher learning, and questions continue to abound as to whether school administration handled the situation correctly. Based on the shocking behavior of a good portion of the participants in the carnage, the simple answer is an unequivocal and emphatic no.

As the Independent Journal Review reports, the school needs to do nothing more than dig back into the annals of its own history for confirmation. UC Berkeley has seen more than its fair share of protests since the 1960s, and a good portion of them have gone off without a hitch. In extreme cases, reinforcements were called in to deal with potential unrest and keep some semblance of order in place.

That was certainly the case when former President Ronald Reagan served as governor of California. A potentially contentious situation was afoot in 1969, and Reagan didn’t hesitate to call in reinforcements. While that situation would sadly devolve into a riotous atmosphere as well, at least Reagan had the foresight to get some extra hands on deck to restore order as quickly as possible. That foresight was remarkably lacking from UC Berkeley administration, as well as from local and state officials.

Wednesday’s chaos snowballed from an announced appearance by controversial conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. There was no secret that his appearance on the campus was rubbing some people the wrong way, and social media was absolutely littered with inflammatory rhetoric and pledges to insure things were disrupted as much as possible. Those promises came to fruition, and the scene at UC Berkeley represented something you would expect to see emanating from a war-torn and undeveloped nation.

That’s on the protesters for not having the maturity to deal with the expression of views that do not align with theirs, but it’s also on the university for not putting a stop to it - as well as for offering up appearances that they encouraged these so-called ‘protesters’ to express themselves.

Source: IJ Review
Photo: Wikipedia, East Bay Times

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