Ann Coulter is refusing to be silenced after her April 27 speaking event was canceled at the University of California, Berkeley, which has been the site of several free-speech fights involving conservative voices.
Coulter was invited by Berkeley College Republicans to speak on the subject of illegal immigration. However, the school canceled the event after citing security threats and tried to reschedule Coulter on May 2, when formal classes would not be in session and the university says it can put proper security in place.
In a news conference, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said if the event goes ahead on April 27, police have “very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker,” her audience, and protesters.
He urged Coulter to speak on May 2 instead, when Berkeley could provide an “appropriate, protectable venue.”
While free speech for conservatives has been shut down on college campuses across the nation, Berkeley has been the host of more than its share of violent protests.
In February, Berkeley was the site of masked rioters who broke windows and set fires to stop an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Last week, threats of violence forced Berkeley College Republicans to cancel a speech by writer David Horowitz. Last weekend, a pro-Trump rally in downtown Berkeley sparked violence between rally-goers and protesters.
Campus spokesman Dan Moguluf reports that Berkeley’s campus police have learned some of the groups allegedly responsible for the violence at the pro-Trump rally and the Yiannopoulos event “planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus.”
But Coulter won’t back down, stating that she is going “to come to campus, come what may.”
On Twitter, Coulter wrote:
“I’m speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do and have a contract to do.”
“In addition to facts: We’ve already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can’t do May 2…THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”
I’m speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do and have a contract to do. https://t.co/thkiODIsSi
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 20, 2017
In addition to facts: We’ve already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can’t do May 2…THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017
She also said to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, “What are they going to do, arrest me?”
Coulter’s insistence has apparently prompted Chancellor Dirks to launch a wider search for venues, to ensure speakers like Coulter can speak in a safe environment.
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