Less than a week after his event was threatened and venue assaulted, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos announced his vow to return to UC-Berkeley to finish his “Dangerous Faggot Tour” on college campuses throughout the country.
Yiannopoulos, the 32-year-old British provocateur, was rushed off of UC-Berkeley’s campus last Wednesday after protesters gathered outside turned violent and breached the building where he was located.
After the event, Yiannopoulos said on Tucker Carlson Tonight that “the left is terrified of anyone who they might think is persuasive or might be interesting or might take people with them.”
I wrote last week that if protesters didn’t like Yiannopoulos’s message, the best way to counter his message if they weren’t going to debate him was to ignore him. If what he’s seeking is attention, which is what he got from the UC-Berkeley riots, then not giving him that satisfaction would be sufficient to lower his profile.
Unfortunately, liberals seem to overreact in a vicious manner that completely undermines their mantra of being tolerant.
Now that Milo and UC-Berkeley will likely have a do-over, it’s up to the campus to provide better security, but also it’s on liberals to respond appropriately. By shutting down his talk, they would only be proving Yiannopoulos right that they can’t tolerate speech that is different from their own.
This could be a watershed moment for liberals. Will they respect the 1st Amendment and everyone’s right to free speech or will they trample on the Constitution and further embolden Milo’s message? We’ll have to wait and see.