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Donald Trump Applauds Law Enforcement's Response to Campus Protests Amid Rising Political Tensions

Donald Trump recently commended police for their actions in arresting what he described as "radical left" and anti-Israel protesters on several college campuses. According to Trump, the officers demonstrated commendable restraint and efficiency in handling the situations at Columbia University and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

At Columbia University, early Tuesday morning, a group of students took control of a university building, broke windows, and displayed an "Intifada" banner. Law enforcement later regained control of the building. Similarly, at UCLA, police were eventually directed to dismantle a protest encampment on Thursday morning.

Trump, positioning himself as the "law and order" candidate in his run against President Joe Biden, spoke to reporters before entering a Manhattan courthouse, labeling the protesters as "morons" who should not be allowed to "take over this country." He highlighted growing protests, which have recently escalated in intensity and spread to universities in Utah, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida.

Expressing pride in the police, particularly "New York's finest," Trump praised their handling of the situations at both Columbia and UCLA, calling them "great, great people" whom he knows personally. He criticized the prevailing narrative that positions the right as a significant threat, instead pointing to the left: "The FBI director is worried about the right, but don't worry about the right; the right is fine. Worry about the left because this is a movement from the left."

Trump emphasized the urgency of addressing what he sees as a dangerous escalation by "radical left lunatics," predicting that without intervention, the situation could worsen. He firmly stated, "We're not letting the radical left morons take over the USA."

As the November 5 election approaches, with just 187 days remaining, these protests have dominated news cycles for weeks. It remains to be seen whether the unrest will continue to influence public opinion as election day draws closer.