Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley despite cancellation
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 22:02
The University of California at Berkeley appears headed for a showdown with right-wing commentator Ann Coulter after her planned appearance at the school was canceled over security concerns. "But the university said it had advised Coulter's representatives and the Berkeley College Republicans, which organized the April 27 Coulter event, that the speaking engagement would take place next month", The Times reports.
In the statement, Dirks also confirmed that he instructed university officials to look for a new venue for Coulter after she vowed to come to the school as planned on April 27 and deliver her speech. "Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully".
Masked rioters at Berkeley smashed windows, set fires and forced the cancellation of an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart News editor last 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.
"We look forward to working with them", Dirks said, adding that the school will announce where she will be speaking after Coulter's acceptance.
"Everything we're doing is so the speaker and students can actually exercise their rights without disruption", Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said.
The conservative Coulter, who frequently attacks liberals, was bound to draw ire at the notably liberal college campus.
Far Right brawls have also broke near campus this year.
She went on to say that in addition to her sunk costs, there might be a further reason for moving her speech to May 2. "No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers", Coulter told THR.
Further, the attorney's letter argues "The illegitimate time, place and manner restrictions imposed by the University will prejudicially limit, if not eviscerate, student access to the event, defeating its very goal, and depriving Berkeley students of a much-needed counterweight to the favored voices such as [Mexican President Vincente Fox], or [former Clinton administration member Maria Echaveste], that UC Berkeley warmly welcomes". In a separate tweet she said she's not free May 2.
However, Coulter went to Twitter late Thursday afternoon and said she is coming to Berkeley on April 27 as originally planned.
"I am giving the speech", Coulter said on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.
"While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accommodate a substantial audience and meet the security criteria established by our police department", Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said.