MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson ironically referred to Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as a "flame-thrower" on Thursday while scenes played out of people at California-Berkeley literally setting fires the night before in protest of him speaking on their campus.
"This protest developed overnight out at Berkeley because Milo Yiannopoulos, sort-of noted troll, sort-of flame thrower if you will, was set to speak," Jackson said, as images showed of the chaos.
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Yiannopoulos, a conservative provocateur and free-speech advocate who calls President Trump "Daddy," was scheduled to speak at Berkeley on Wednesday, but protests from left-wing students culminated in a riot that led to his speech being canceled due to safety concerns. NBC News reports:
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 Bay Area showed a group of people grab a metal barricade and smash it against a door.
"The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest," UC Berkeley said in a statement. Some people were attacked and police treated six people for injuries, the university said.
Jackson's use of the term "flame-thrower" was humorous given that Yiannopoulos was not the one who actually caused parts of campus to go up in flames.
Trump tweeted that federal funding could potentially be yanked from Berkeley if people's right to free speech was under attack there.