Ben Shapiro: Violent Protests Becoming More Common on Campuses
On "The First 100 Days" tonight, Ben Shapiro and Richard Fowler reacted to the chaos that broke out at the University of California-Berkeley over a scheduled speech by conservative activist and journalist Milo Yiannopoulos.
Shapiro, who has had many of his own college speaking engagements protested, said there's a mentality being inculcated on college campuses that suggests speech that you don't like is a "microaggression" that can be responded to with a "macroaggression."
"I've had riots against me at Cal State-Los Angeles. We had a near riot at Penn State last year," Shapiro said. "It's becoming a lot less uncommon than you would hope it would be, certainly."
Fowler said it was "devastating" to see the violent protests break out, but it's important to note that the rioters don't represent the broader progressive movement.
"It's a mistake to lump them in with those progressives, like myself, who say, 'We're going to peacefully protest, we're going to peacefully obstruct because we don't like somebody's views,'" Fowler said.
Shapiro argued that part of the problem is that college administrations across the country aren't giving campus police the resources and ability to shut down violent protests like what occurred in Berkeley Wednesday night.
Martha MacCallum agreed that law enforcement must be allowed to do its job and crack down on "criminals" who destroy property and injure people.
Watch the discussion above, and let us know what you think in the comments.