WATCH: Hayden Williams says Berkeley attack shows Campus Reform mission 'as important as ever'

  • Hayden Williams said Friday on The Ingraham Angle that the attack against him shows that Campus Reform's mission is "as important as ever."
  • Williams appeared on the program along with his newly-obtained attorney, Harmeet Dhillon.

Leadership Institute Field Representative Hayden Williams, who was punched in the face on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley on Feb. 19, responded Friday to the arrest of his alleged attacker, 28-year-old Zachary Greenberg. Police arrested Greenberg Friday afternoon on suspicion of felony assault. Greenberg's arraignment is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. local time.

The Leadership Institute is the parent organization of Campus Reform.

"This is only serving to embolden me and reinforce the idea that the Leadership Institute and Campus Reform, that their mission is as important as ever."   

Williams appeared on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle with host Laura Ingraham on Friday to respond to the arrest and specifically, what he thought about the arrest taking place more than one week after the incident. 

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"Well, I think due process was being followed, which I appreciate that as a constitutional conservative myself. I’m grateful that the police did their job and found this guy, but I remain disappointed with UC-Berkeley and the fact that they allowed such a culture of intolerance and violence towards conservative viewpoints to grow and thrive," Williams said.

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UC-Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof pushed back on that claims in an earlier statement to Campus Reform, saying, "maybe someone should ask those pointing accusing fingers how they believe a University—not to mention every town, city, county, and state in this country—would be able to prevent a lone idiot, who is neither employee or student, from doing idiotic things on a campus spanning 1200 acres and a population of $50,000 people. We don't see a way to do that, but that doesn’t mean our cops and the administration don't wake every morning trying their best to deter criminal behavior."

"Part of that comes from imposing appropriate consequences and we will do everything in our power to make sure that happens," he added.

Ingraham asked Williams on Friday whether this experience will deter him from engaging in conservative politics going forward. 

"This is only serving to embolden me and reinforce the idea that the Leadership Institute and Campus Reform, that their mission is as important as ever," Williams said. 

Williams' newly-obtained attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, joined Williams on The Ingraham Angle Friday to discuss next steps, specifically whether she and her client plan to file a civil suit. 

"We don’t want to get in the way of the criminal process. I think that’s really number one. Number two, he [Greenberg] appears to be somebody who has a history at UC-Berkeley, somebody who has worked for the campus for a period of months and also audited classes there," Dhillon said.

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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