This looks is a win-win for the left, because I think they are anticipating Trump sending in federal troops like he threatened to do in Chicago. Federalizing law enforcement helps the left in both the long and the short term. In the long run, when their is a Democrat President again, they can point to a Trump precedent to start overthrowing local police in places they don't like. In the short term, any violence by federal troops against protesters will inflame passions even more and add sympathy to their cause.
But Trump is smarter, and out Alinsky's the left with this tweet:
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Further, as Buzzfeed, of all places, points out, this is no empty threat. If Trump goes after the city and the college for civil rights violations, there will be personal hell to pay by the mayor and University President who allowed brutal attacks:
Federal higher education laws and regulations are layered with anti-discrimination provisions that made possible the withdrawal of funding for discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Should Trump follow through with his threat, the Department of Education, through its Office of Civil Rights, would conduct a formal investigation, after which a university could lose funding based on the findings, Loss said.
Using the left's favorite federal tactics against them would be a joy to watch, as well actually advancing the cause of justice. I think Trump will outmaneuver these communists after all.
The Alinsky tactic to be used is:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
In this case the leaders like the mayor, police chief and university president can be isolated and made to pay. Un example pour les autres.