It is mildly surprising that University of California-Berkeley Police even consider it a crime to haul off and punch a Trump supporter, but they actually arrested Zachary Greenberg on Friday after the 28-year-old was caught on camera assaulting conservative activist Hayden Williams on February 19. Greenberg has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempting to cause great bodily injury as a result of the unprovoked attack.
Williams was on the UC Berkeley campus as a representative of the Leadership Institute, a conservative group that was seeking to recruit students to join the cause. While canvassing, Williams was approached by two men who – as liberal college students are wont to do – reacted poorly to the idea of having conservatives on campus. They began shouting at Williams, knocked over his display table, ripped up the group’s signs, and punched him several times. In an interview with Fox News, Williams said that one of the attackers actually threatened to shoot him if he appeared on campus again.
In a statement, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, a conservative group aligned with the Leadership Institute, said the case against Greenberg couldn’t be clearer.
“Today, we have finally learned the identity of the attacker and that the violent man has been arrested,” Kirk said. “While every America should be afforded their due process, we believe that the video evidence in this case is incontrovertible. We hope 28-year-old Zachary Greenberg is prosecuted to the full extent of the law for assault with a deadly weapon, which should be considered an act of hate. Hopefully, this dark chapter will act as a wake up call to those concerned about actual politically motivated hate crimes in America. Berkeley and all college campuses across American should be safe havens for free thought and opinions – especially for a targeted conservative minority.”
For his part, the assault brought Williams some national attention this weekend, as he was invited to be President Donald Trump’s guest at the annual CPAC conference in Maryland. Williams joined the president on stage at the event, where Trump vowed to sign an executive order that would strip public schools of their federal funding if they did not protect free speech on campus.
As with everything Trump does, of course, the notion of a forthcoming executive order drew scorn from the Land of the Biased Media. In an interview with CBS News, Peter McPherson of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities said there was no need for such an order.
“An executive order is unnecessary as public research universities are already bound by the First Amendment,” he said, “which they deeply respect and honor.”
Cool, then UC Berkeley and other left-wing colleges should have nothing to worry about.