At Mediaite, Alex Griswold reports that former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is on the case of the Berkeley riots that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus this past Wednesday evening. Reich actually holds down an honored position at Berkeley as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. He was an eyewitness in part to the events. His pronouncements on campus events therefore carry some weight.
Reich asserted on CNN that he has “heard rumors.” According to the rumors Reich heard on campus, the anti-Trump riots were actually a right-wing plot to discredit Berkeley or the left.
The friendly Don Lemon fleshed out Reich’s train of thought, such as it was, to ask somewhat incredulously: “You think this was a strategy by Yiannopoulos or right wingers? That they put this on in an effort to show there’s no free speech on a college campus like UC Berkeley?”
Reich responded: “I wouldn’t bet against it, Don. Again, I saw these people. They all looked very–almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. I’ve heard, I don’t want to say factually, that there was some relationship there between these people and the right wing and the right wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News.”
Our friend Ed Morrissey is on the case too, but Ed is dialed in to the reality principle. Ed comments on Reich here.
STEVE adds: Reich’s idea is so patently absurd that you can explode it with one simple question: Would any group of right-wing agent provocateurs smash up bank ATM machines? No; they’d smash up pachouli oil shops. QED.