Sunday, May 5, 2024

Trump Praises NYPD for Arresting Columbia University Anti-Israel Protesters: ‘Beautiful thing to watch’; Trump: ‘Beautiful to watch’ Police Raid Columbia Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Israel Protests

Trump praises NYPD for arresting Columbia University anti-Israel protesters: ‘Beautiful thing to watch’:
Former President Donald Trump praised “New York’s finest” Wednesday for rounding up hundreds of anti-Israel and pro-terror demonstrators at Columbia University and City College of New York the previous night.
“New York was under siege last night,” the presumptive Republican nominee for president said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, referring to the protesters as “raging lunatics and Hamas sympathizers.”
“But the police came in and in exactly two hours everything was over,” Trump said of the NYPD’s response to protesters that erected an encampment on the CUNY campus and illegally took over an academic building at Columbia.
“It was a beautiful thing to watch. New York’s finest,” he added.
“You saw them go up and ladders, breaking the windows and getting in – and that’s dangerous because you don’t know what’s on the other side of that window,” Trump continued, describing the chaotic scene.
“And they went in – they knocked it out – and they were incredible. They did a great job.”
NYPD arrested around 300 protesters during the raids on the two campuses. --->READ MORE HERE
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Trump: ‘Beautiful to watch’ police raid Columbia pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protests:
Former US president and current Republican candidate calls protesters ‘raging lunatics and Hamas sympathizers,’ says Biden should be speaking out more against university rallies
Presumed Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday it “was a beautiful thing to watch” New York police officers raiding a Columbia University building occupied by pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel students, and called on officials to crack down on campus protests across the United States.
“New York was under siege last night,” Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, praising the police officers for arresting about 300 protesters at Columbia and City College of New York whom he referred to as “raging lunatics and Hamas sympathizers.”
While what the student protesters are seeking varies school to school, many are demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war on the Hamas terror group in Gaza and that their universities divest from companies with military ties to Israel.
Republican lawmakers have accused some university administrators of ignoring antisemitic rhetoric and harassment. Many student organizers say they are peaceful and have disavowed violence against pro-Israel counter-protesters, although many Jewish students have said they feel unsafe on campus and unnerved by antisemitic chants.
“I say remove the encampments immediately, vanquish the radicals and take back our campuses for all of the normal students who want a safe place from which to learn,” Trump said.
The October 7 attack on southern Israel by Hamas terrorists from the Gaza Strip and the ensuing Israeli offensive on the Palestinian enclave have unleashed the biggest outpouring of US student activism since anti-racism protests in 2020.
Meanwhile, the police response at Columbia triggered condemnations from some Columbia faculty.
Last week, the Columbia University Senate approved a resolution saying the school’s administration had undermined academic freedom and disregarded the rights of students and faculty by calling in the police and shutting down protests.
Trump sought to pin the blame for the turmoil on Democratic US President Joe Biden, whose aides have condemned physical intimidation and antisemitism while speaking out in support of peaceful protests.
“The radical extremists and far-left agitators are terrorizing college campuses, as you possibly noticed,” Trump said. “And Biden’s nowhere to be found. He hasn’t said anything.”--->READ MORE HERE
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