DC Trawler

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin Tells Conservatives: No Free Speech On MY Watch

The heckler’s veto is alive and well. Using violence to stop people from saying things you don’t like is the Berkeley way.

Phil Matier and Andy Ross, San Francisco Chronicle:

In the aftermath of a right-wing rally Sunday that ended with anarchists chasing attendees from a downtown park, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin urged UC Berkeley on Monday to cancel conservatives’ plans for a Free Speech Week next month to avoid making the city the center of more violent unrest.

“I don’t want Berkeley being used as a punching bag,” said Arreguin…

The mayor wants UC Berkeley to halt plans by a conservative campus group, the Berkeley Patriot, to host right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos during its scheduled Free Speech Week from Sept. 24-27…

“I obviously believe in freedom of speech, but there is a line between freedom of speech and then posing a risk to public safety,” the mayor said.

“Obviously.”

“But.”

The mayor wants to capitulate to the will of an angry mob, rather than allow people to say things that the angry mob doesn’t like. What he’s telling us is that he answers to Antifa. He doesn’t run Berkeley, they do.

It’s not the fault of those masked, black-clad thugs that this is happening. They’re just doing what Arreguin would like to do. No, this is all on account of those dirty Nazis. And “Nazi” means whatever it needs to mean.

That’s what gives them the right to do things like this:

Free speech only applies to speech that doesn’t make you angry, spoken by people who don’t make you angry. And if anybody just happens to be in your way when you feel like beating someone up, too bad. That’s what this country is all about, right?

The only thing I like less than the alt-right is the suppression of free speech on American soil.

Ben Shapiro is also scheduled to speak in Berkeley soon, and he had this to say:

Ice-T called it almost 30 years ago: