Robert Reich, Hero To Liberal Facebook Loons Everywhere, Blames Berkley Riot Instigators On Breitbart

A former Clinton administration official has made a stunning claim regarding who was responsible for the riots at UC Berkeley Wednesday night that forced cancellation of a talk by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

Robert Reich blames Breitbart News.

Reich was secretary of labor under Clinton and now teaches at Berkeley.

The conversation was noticed by Alex Griswold at Mediaite as well as Scott Johnson at Powerline.

CNN’s Don Lemon responded incredulously when Reich made the suggestion.

“You think this was a strategy by Yiannopoulos or right wingers?” Lemon asked. “That they put this on in an effort to show there’s no free speech on a college campus like UC Berkeley?”

Reich confirmed his suspicion.

“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.”

Reich explained: “I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students. Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

He said there are “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,” he said. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

Johnson wrote at Powerline that Reich “leads a sheltered life.”