UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

Alvin Kelly
April 20, 2017

A planned speech next week on the campus of UC Berkeley by conservative pundit Anne Coulter has been canceled because officials were unable to secure a "safe and suitable venue".

"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.at any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said.

After her speech was canceled, Coulter told The Washington Post in an email that UC Berkeley had been trying to force her to pull out of her appearance by "imposing ridiculous demands", but that she complied with "all of their silly requirements".

News organizations obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said that campus police learned that some of the groups that appeared to be responsible for the violence last weekend and at the Yiannopoulos event "planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus".

University officials said they were initially unaware of Coulter's invitation because the campus Republican group had not informed the university it was inviting her.

"If Berkeley wants to have free speech, they are going to get it", the spokesman, Spencer Brown, said.

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Berkeley is still reeling from a violent protest that erupted on April 15 when supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump clashed.

Berkeley officials said that they were not canceling Coulter's appearance because of her controversial views.

University officials said they hope to reschedule her speech for sometime in September, the Washington Post reported.

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

Campus administrators said registered student groups have the right to invite speakers to address their groups but school officials must still provide safety and security during the events.

"We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts", the Young America's Foundation said in a statement. The administration pointed to the radical left's riots outside a lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos as the main reason why it wasn't "safe" to hold the Horowitz and Coulter lectures on campus.

University officials have yet to respond to those declarations.

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