Dem Congresswoman Calls Violent Riots at Berkeley a ‘Beautiful Sight’

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Democratic Rep. Val Demings (Fla.) said on Thursday that the violent riots that took place at the University of California, Berkley the prior night were a "beautiful sight."

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a vocal Donald Trump supporter, was scheduled to speak at UC Berkley on Wednesday night, but the event had to be canceled due to violent protests from students and other activists.

"The university said fires were set, including one caused by a firebomb that ignited a generator-powered spotlight, and commercial-grade fireworks were thrown at police," NBC News reported of the riots.

One witness reported seeing a large crowd yelling "No Trump, no Milo," at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkley campus. A female Trump supporter was pepper-sprayed while giving an on-cmaera interview.

Demings applauded the violent protests that took place during a Capitol hill hearing.

"We have seen demonstrations–and I think you already talked about that–around the country. Young people at Berkeley protesting against this unconstitutional order," Demings said.

She then encouraged more young people to get involved in the protests.

"We encourage our young people to get involved–I thought it was a beautiful site," Demings said.

Police treated six people for injuries from the riots, according to Berkeley.

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