Free speech needs a bodyguard at Berkeley

This is not the first time I have noted the death of free speech at Berkeley, but it bears repeating.

Sproul Plaza, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement on the University of California campus, on Tuesday was the site of a violent assault on a conservative activist who was assisting Turning Point USA in a recruitment drive. It was all captured on video, which you can watch here in a Real Clear Politics report.

Hayden Williams of the Leadership Institute was standing at a table that featured conservative signs such as “Hate Crime Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims.” Naturally, the sensitive liberals of Berkeley were triggered and tried to intimidate Williams into shutting up and going away.

One of them didn’t stop there. His confrontation went from verbal to physical and ended with a sucker punch at Williams’ face, resulting in a black eye. Police are looking for the assailant, and the university has issued a statement condemning the attack, but the big question is when will the national media (other than Fox News) devote any attention to this hate crime. That’s especially true in the wake of the millions of dollars of free publicity given to Jussie Smollett for his hate hoax in Chicago.

Apparently, hate only matters if it is directed at a minority group. If you violently attack a white man who is a conservative just because he is a conservative white man, you get a free pass. Sad.

Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To see more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy. Part 1 is subtitled “Bush’s Global Failure: Half Right.” Part 2 is “Obama’s Fundamental Transformation: Far Left.” Part 3 is “Trump’s American Vision: Just Right.” They are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Also please considering leaving a review in support of my conservative commentary on one or all of my book pages at Amazon! Thanks!

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2 Replies to “Free speech needs a bodyguard at Berkeley”

    1. I agree. It appears that every news cycle is drowning the Liberals/Socialists/ Communists Progressives in hypocriticy. And, I am certain that was not a fake attack as another well known one! RLS

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