Ann Coulter Appearance At UC Berkeley Canceled Over Security Concerns
- Author: Phil Peters Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 9:18
Controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter's appearance at University of California Berkeley has been cancelled after fears of riots returning to the school.
Coulter has fired off an angry stream of tweets including one in all capital letters saying, "I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY".
Coulter said that she believes her right to free speech "has been unconstitutionally banned" by the "public, taxpayer-supported UC-Berkeley".
A talk by white nationalist Richard Spencer was canceled at Auburn University over similar concerns, but Spencer went to court and won the right to go on with his appearance as planned.
Mogulof said the university hoped to be able to reschedule Coulter's appearance some time in September, after identifying an appropriate venue and working out security arrangements.
She added in another post that she had instructed the Republican student group that invited her "to spare no expense in renting my speaking venue - part of my legal damages". Violent clashes between demonstrators on the far-right and far-left have erupted in Berkeley three times in recent months, including this past Saturday.
In a letter to a campus Republican group that invited Coulter to speak, university officials said that they made the decision to cancel Coulter's appearance after assessing the violence that flared on campus in February, when the same college Republican group invited right-wing provocateur and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak.
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Last week, posters went up on campus threatening disruption of the event and officials also found chatter on various websites indicating the possibility of planned violence, Mogulof said. In response, UC-Berkeley chose to cancel the event completely.
The Berkeley College Republicans did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the cancelation.
Mogulof said "the constitution permits the university to take necessary steps to protect public safety". She called claims of the university trying to set up an alternate date "FAKE NEWS!" They said they found out about the event after reading about it in newspapers. One of the primary lessons learned here is that before a student organization commits to hosting an event on a specific date, we need to first work together to determine if a suitable venue is available at that time.
The group says such cancellations stifle free speech and made it increasingly hard to bring conservative thinkers to the Cal campus.
"We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts", the Young America's Foundation said in a statement.