Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter blasted UC Berkeley for canceling her speech again, this time citing safety concerns. Coulter tweeted Wednesday that the move marks a “dark day” for the freedom of speech in America, and deemed Berkeley a “radical thuggish institution.”
Coulter Blasts Berkeley
The speech was scheduled for Thursday after multiple delays related to violence concerns.
It’s sickening when a radical thuggish institution like Berkeley can so easily snuff out the cherished American right to free speech,
In another tweet, she said she was sorry the university was able to cancel her speech and that the Young America’s Foundation agreed to it. She stated that she would have won if she had continued to fight. Coulter expressed her sadness about the cancellation and the fact that that was a dark day for free speech in America.
The political pundit had to cancel the speech after the conservative group that supported her, the YAF, refused to secure a room for the event. On Tuesday, the group too voiced concerns about the “leftist thugs” that have been reportedly “terrorizing” the university’s campus.
The YFA said Coulter is free to speak on the campus, but the group doesn’t want to jeopardize the physical integrity of its students and staff members.
It is not the first time, the University of California at Berkeley cancels the speech of a conservative commentator. Two months ago, the school refused to host then-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos following a series of violent protests.
Earlier this month, two dozen people were taken into police custody after a violent protest against President Trump in downtown Berkeley.
Coulter Backs Down after Multiple Cancellations
Coulter told Fox News she cannot do anything about the cancellation. She said her allies betrayed her and “joined the other team.” Last week, the university canceled her appearance saying that they failed to find a safe venue for the speech. After that cancellation, the school’s management rescheduled the event to May 2, but the pundit refused.
Coulter reportedly decided to deliver the speech this Thursday despite last week’s cancellation. As a result, the university couldn’t offer an appropriate venue for this week. The YFA reportedly had zoomed in on the possibility for her to speech on a public plaza, but the security risks were too high.
The University wrote in a statement that it remains committed to respecting everyone’s First Amendment rights but before any event, it needs the campus police’s assessment of how to hold it safely and successfully. The university’s campus police said protesters might converge on the campus to “commit violence” despite Coulter speech cancellation.
On Monday, the group of conservative students that invited the pundit to speak sued the university’s administration over the cancellation. Students say their free speech rights have been violated and that they were discriminated against.
During her speech, Coulter planned to focus on “illegal immigration.”
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