Conservative author Ann Coulter will soon be giving a lecture explaining her anti-illegal immigration views to the students at the University of California, Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) – despite being disinvited by the university.
What could go wrong?
Coulter, whose last two books, Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, and In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!, it’s safe to say, are not required reading on many syllabi handed out by the ultra-liberal university, was invited to speak at UC-Berkeley by the conservative Young America’s Foundation (YAF).
However, as the Washington Examiner reports:
The University of California, Berkeley canceled an upcoming campus lecture by Ann Coulter on Wednesday, citing security concerns as the chief impetus for its decision. Coulter and her sponsoring organizations, however, intend to proceed with the event as planned anyway.
Young America’s Foundation, the national conservative organization sponsoring and organizing Coulter’s lecture, told the Washington Examiner Wednesday afternoon that Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell emailed student organizers to say his staff was unable to find a “safe and suitable venue” for the speech.
“Security” and “security fees” by the way are oft-used excuses by colleges to cancel planned speeches by conservative speakers, as conservative Cornell law professor William Jacobson, founder of LegalInsurrection.com, points out here.
According to a YAF press release, Coulter agreed to all the security measures requested by UC-Berkeley. However, when Coulter made requests of her own:
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
According to the YAF, “The university’s response was to ban her speech.”
Coulter herself makes much the same comment on her Twitter feed:
I acceded to Berkeley’s every silly demand (never made of lib speakers). Called their bluff & they canceled anyway. https://t.co/EQsiAEWPpW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2017
Berkeley has a well-established reputation of treating conservatives much the same way as United Airlines treat passengers who won’t give up their seats.
In 2017 alone the university has already had three riots – and it’s just April.
One, which began on February 1 and lasted for some time, was in response to a planned but subsequently cancelled speech by Breitbart.com editor Milos Yiannopoulos.
The second riot was on March 4 and was in response to a national “March 4 Trump” day.
The third riot was when Berkeley students – led by the “antifascist and anticapitalist” group Antifa – attacked pro-Trump demonstrators.
Ann Coulter’s speech (and likely the date of Berkeley’s fourth riot of 2017- unless they have one over the next few days) will be on April 27th.
“Yes, it was officially banned. But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”
A planned speech by conservative author David Horowitz was also recently canceled by UC-Berkeley due to *cough* “security concerns.”