UC Berkeley Will Now Allow Ann Coulter Speech To Take Place

"After acceding to all their requirements, which were also arbitrary and silly, and they claimed it was on the basis of safety, I suggested two measures that actually would allow free speech to exist on Berkeley if they wanted it to".

The May 2 venue will be revealed upon approval by the student sponsors and the Coulter organization, Mogulof said. She added: "I called their bluff, and they didn't have another reason to cancel me".

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter", the administrators wrote.

Young America's Foundation, a conservative group that books Coulter's campus speeches, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. "We also have an unwavering commitment to providing for the safety and well-being" of speakers, students and others, and "we can not compromise" on either of those responsibilities.

The administrator said school officials have informed the Berkeley College Republicans, who originally invited Coulter to campus, and Coulter team.

Further details about the decision reversal were not immediately available.

Coulter has vowed to stick to the original April 27 date, which she says was tacitly agreed to by the UC-Berkeley administration when she agreed to conditions that the university set, such as limiting the audience of the speech to students and declining to announce the location of the speech until shortly before it begins.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

"Why she sees those as demands we're uncertain, because they were simply the recommendations we received from our police department about what would be required to protect her and, most importantly, to maximize the chances that the event could be held successfully and safely", Mogulof explained.

In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date.

"We're still moving forward with Coulter coming on April 27, no matter how many times the campus whines about it", said Naweed Tahmas, a spokesperson for the Berkeley College Republicans chapter.

"She's definitely coming to Berkeley on the 27th", Pranav Jandhyala, one of the event's organizers, told NPR.

Coulter posted eight tweets in a span of 17 minutes after the AP and others reported the cancellation Wednesday.

Berkeley College Republicans said that's not true, that they provided plenty of notice about their plans.

And only last week there were violent clashes at a rally supporting President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley.

In canceling Coulter's speech on Wednesday, UC Berkeley cited violence that broke out at the campus in February, hours before right-wing media personality Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak there.

"Our approach is going to be different than the approach for the Milo event, again based on our after-action review", UC Berkeley police Capt. Alex Yao said. "If Berkeley wants to have free speech, they are going to get it", YAF spokesman Spencer Brown said. YAF's statement to press reads: "The university, and U-C chancellor Janet Napolitano personally, have revealed themselves to be using taxpayer money for an unconstitutional goal".

It's one thing to cancel an address at the last moment because university and local police are not prepared to contain violence - as occurred, sadly, with [February's canceled speech by anti-feminist provocateur Milo] Yiannopoulos.

  • Larry Hoffman