MILO To Bring Navy SEAL Squad To Berkeley “Free Speech Week” As Security Fears Mount
Come hell or high water, Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos vows “Free Speech Week” at the University of California, Berkeley will go on. In a statement posted to his Facebook page Wednesday, Yiannopoulos revealed a Navy SEAL Security squad will be there to protect him, along with other event speakers, later this month.
Campus Reform reports:
In a statement to Campus Reform, Yiannopoulos further blasted the reports of possible cancellation, calling Mogulof’s comments “balderdash and piffle.”
Following his August pledge to spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on security at the event, Yiannopoulos also revealed that he is bringing a Navy SEAL team to assist with protecting the speakers.
“Our efforts are moving ahead at full speed to put together the best free speech event Berkeley has ever seen,” he said. “I am sparing no expense, including a 16-man Navy SEAL security detail for me and our speakers.”
“UC Berkeley has claimed that this will be a year of free speech, but they’ve quickly gone back to their old tricks,” Yiannopoulos observed. “They seem committed to the course of excluding speakers who don’t share their progressive authoritarian mindset from campus. It won’t fly, there is too much at stake for America, and too many eyes on both the university administration and the city of Berkeley.”
Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon will appear later this month at U.C. Berkeley’s campus for Milo Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week”.
Bannon will join the ranks of numerous high-profile speakers during the four-day, Yiannopoulos-led “Free Speech Week”, which begins on September 24th. More than two dozen speakers are slated to attend, according a Tuesday press release.
Yiannopoulos commented on Bannon’s attending of the event, via the Washington Examiner:
“Uncle Steve was the force behind [President] Trump’s election victory and much of his initial policymaking . . . Nothing could be better for the leftists who oppose Trump so vehemently than a lesson in the logic behind Trump’s actions, directly from the architect of his policies.”
Steve Bannon returned to his position as chairman of Breitbart News last month following further shakeups in the White House and just recently conducted a stellar interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose this past Sunday wherein he said he would be actively supporting the president from outside of the White House.