Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under Clinton and is lately Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
“I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”
“There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”
“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.
“I wouldn’t bet against it,” Reich said. “I saw these people. They all looked very– almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard there was some relationship here between these people and the right-wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News.”
How does Reich know this? Well, as he explained in Newsweek on Monday, he’s an expert on dangerous, scary rightwingers:
BY ROBERT REICH ON 1/30/17 AT 8:24 AM
… In case you forgot, before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism. …
Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.
This is truly scary.
By the way, a website, The Ralph Retort, is claiming to have identified a protestor who beat an onlooker. And he isn’t a student at Berkeley at all, just like Reich says.
He is a UC Berkeley staffer.
(Note that this identification hasn’t been proven yet.)
Update: Here’s video proof that Reich is right! It’s smartphone footage of Berkeley’s peacefully protesting, singing, dancing Antifas being attacked by a mounted false flag brigade paid for by Steve Bannon and led by head cossack Haveny Monahanoff:
Note: some elements of the video were fixed in post-production.