Ann Coulter Says She Will Speak at Berkeley Despite the University's Cancellation
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 5:20
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is vowing to move forward with plans to speak at UC Berkeley despite the school's decision to cancel the event due to safety concerns.
"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully - or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected - at any of the campus venues available on April 27", the letter said.
The planned Coulter speech was to be hosted by three campus conservative groups: the Young America's Foundation, BridgeCal, and Berkeley College Republicans.
A spokesman for the university said that they were concerned that the timing of Coulter's April 27 event, late afternoon, would create a risk for protests and violence continuing into the evening when many commuters and students are in the area.
Her visit was cancelled on Wednesday by administrators citing "active security threats", but Republican students said it was an attack on free speech. The event raised concerns of more violence at Berkeley, where masked rioters smashed windows, set fires and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February.
It appears UC Berkeley is in for another political brawl, this time with Ann Coulter, who tells The Hollywood Reporter that she'll speak at the famously progressive campus even though administrators are trying to prevent her from doing so. The original date for the speech, April 27, was denied by the university and instead scheduled Coulter for May 2. While Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation support legal action, a third group that initially invited Coulter, Bridge USA, does not. "Arrest me? I'm definitely giving the speech".
But Coulter told her 1.47 million Twitter followers not to "fall" for Berkeley's version of events.
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said they originally canceled Coulter because of student safety.
On Tuesday, police arrested at least three people protesting an appearance at Alabama's Auburn University by Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist. "Beyond that, we're not discussing in any detail, any preparations we're going to make if she follows through on her unfortunate intentions". "And number two, to have a little talk with the Berkeley chief of police, who is allowing these Rodney King riots to go on whenever conservative speaker speaks".
Ann Coulter speaks during Politicon in Los Angeles in 2015.
Those who become violent in response to speech have won a victory at the University of California-Berkeley.
The San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the May 2 date falls in the university's "dead week", a period when no classes are held so students can study for final exams.