For the record we now know critical thinking skills and common sense are not a prerequisite for being a professor at the University of California-Berkeley.
Earlier this month, firebrand Milo Yianoppoulos was scheduled to speak at the school about how The Left has been shutting down free speech. Police had to cancel the talk when about 150 masked agitators threw Molotov cocktails, smashed windows, threw rocks and fireworks at the police.
Robert Reich appeared with Don Lemon on CNN floating a conspiracy theory.
“I want to be very, very clear. I was there for part of last night and I know what I saw. Those people were not Berkeley students. Those people were outsiders, agitators. I’ve never seen them before. There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a group that were organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event. So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth. I mean, Berkeley opened its biggest auditorium to this right-wing Breitbart News character, this hateful odious person. They said, ‘Free speech is the most important thing we stand for,’ and it was these outsiders who caused the police to finally come in and have to cancel it.”
When President Trump made a campaign-style stop in Melbourne, FL last Saturday he said:
“You look at what’s happened last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
His language was imprecise and sloppy, but he never claimed there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden. Violence, however, did erupt in Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm, two days later as cars were burned, businesses vandalized and police were attacked with rocks and a reporter was beaten. Rinkeby is predominantly made up of immigrants.
Reich proceeded to go for a second helping of stupid by tweeting and then deleting this:
Trump's lies have consequences. 48 hrs after his comments on Sweden, riots broke out in an immigrant community. https://t.co/1k2BOl2jdw— Robert Reich (@RBReich)
He apparently was commenting on The Washington Post’s report of the violence believing the President’s comment was so incendiary it drove those poor Swedes to unbridled violence.
Reich, in rushing to judgment, must have missed the integral paragraph in the report:
“The neighborhood, Rinkeby, was the scene of riots in 2010 and 2013, too. And in most ways, what happened Monday night was reminiscent of those earlier bouts of anger. Swedish police apparently made an arrest on drug charges at about 8 p.m. near the Rinkeby station. For reasons not yet disclosed by the police, word of the arrest prompted youths to gather.”
Herr Reich is so short the only thing he’s good for is tying my shoelaces. His lunacy and those of his comrades are exactly what got Trump elected. Keep it up fella.