Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

On Wednesday, administrators at the notoriously liberal University of California, Berkeley cancelled a planned lectured by controversial author Ann Coulter.

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". Auburn University tried to cancel a Tuesday speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer due to security concerns - the same reason Berkeley used to block Coulter's speech.

In an email sent to students Wednesday, UC-Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell explained that the university had to scrap the event because they couldn't provide a "safe and suitable venue".

The school told her she had to deliver her speech in the afternoon, that only students could attend and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event, according to Young America's Foundation, which sponsored the event with BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans.

It also echoed a similar cancellation in February of a planned speech at the university by a right-wing provocateur and former Brietbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, following violent protests.

Although Berkeley College Republicans advised Coulter not to agree to those stipulations, she did, they wrote.

The Berkeley College Republicans reported Coulter as having said, "If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it". "They can't stop me", she told the Hollywood Reporter. "The university's response was to ban her speech".

"Unfortunately, (campus police) determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", according to a letter sent to the student group.

Coulter said in an email to The Washington Post on Wednesday that the university had been trying to force her to cancel her speech by "imposing ridiculous demands" on her but that she still agreed "to all of their silly requirements". They said they found out about the event after reading about it in newspapers.

While Registered Student Organizations like yours are independent from the University, and have the right to invite whoever they'd like to speak here, the campus retains responsibility for ensuring safety and security during such events. We expect most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work, though we will of course need to work through the details.

Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".

A conservative national group that was helping to organize the event, Young America's Foundation, said Coulter also made demands of her own, including that any students engaging in violence be expelled.

  • Archie Newman