Ann Coulter announces decision on Berkeley speech

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Ann Coulter announced Wednesday afternoon that she has canceled her planned speech at the University of California at Berkeley.

Her withdrawal came after the conservative group, Young America’s Foundation, announced they were no longer backing the speech, citing security concerns.

“Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the group said in a statement.

Coulter said in her own statement to The New York Times: “It’s a sad day for free speech,” and added, “Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away.”

The Berkeley College Republicans — who had originally invited Coulter to speak — also withdrew their support, over threats of violence.

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