Ann Coulter is not letting Berkeley off easy for calling off speech

Faith Castro
April 21, 2017

Just one day after announcing they would not allow controversial conservative author Ann Coulter to speak on campus because of safety concerns, officials at the University of California at Berkeley reportedly said on Thursday the school was reversing its decision, and they had found a venue where Coulter could speak, the Washington Postreported.

"Our clients meticulously followed University protocol in arranging for Ms. Coulter's planned, on-campus speaking event", he continued, noting YAF, BCR, and Coulter also "conceded to the University's arbitrary, pretextual and discriminatory time-and place-restrictions which, on their face, violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution". The groups putting on the event are not sharing where Coulter will speak, but said they are looking at several locations, including on campus.

But Coulter told her 1.47 million Twitter followers not to "fall" for Berkeley's version of events.

A planned speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the home of the free speech movement has been canceled out of protest fears. The location will be disclosed once campus officials have finalized the details with the Coulter organization and the two student organizations that invited her, the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA. "I'm an American. I have constitutional rights". "They can't stop me", Coulter told the Hollywood Reporter. In this context, we greatly appreciate recent public comments by your spokespeople, who have offered full support for increased security measures in and around high-profile events.

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An appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannoupolos in early February led to violent protests and was canceled before the talk began by agreement with the Berkeley College Republicans, which had sponsored that event as well.

The prestigious university's vice chancellors said Wednesday that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully".

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue", said the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton.

"We realize that this is disappointing news, but the good news is that UCPD and Student Affairs remain firmly committed to working with you to find an alternative time and date for Ms. Coulter to come speak here at Berkeley". "UC-Berkeley has for example, welcomed the corrupt former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, who has cursed at and mocked Donald Trump, now the President of the United States".

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