California mayors duel on social media over law enforcement response to UC Irvine anti-Israel protests

Two California mayors clashed on social media after law enforcement was called to confront anti-Israel agitators on the University of California, Irvine campus.

While replying to a UC Irvine public announcement to students on X, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan and former Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill shared their competitive perspectives as law enforcement swarmed onto the California campus after protesters set up barricades.

“It’s a shame that peaceful free speech protests are always responded to with violence,” Khan wrote. “Taking space on campus or in a building is not a threat to anyone.”

“UCI leadership must do everything they can to avoid creating a violent scenario here. These are your students w/ zero weapons,” she added.

POLICE ON UC IRVINE CAMPUS AFTER ANTI-ISRAEL AGITATORS SWARM BUILDINGS; STUDENTS TOLD TO ‘LEAVE AREA’

Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan seemingly condemned law enforcement for responding to the University of California, Irvine campus – at the request of the university – as anti-Israel protesters took over a building. (Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Following the Irvine mayor’s comments on law enforcement, the former Newport Beach mayor slammed Khan’s “careless wording,” saying that she “preemptively accused officers” of violence. 

“Police officers from Newport Beach are currently in Irvine

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