Due to threats of violence from leftist groups, the University of California-Berkeley has canceled Ann Coulter’s speech scheduled for later this month. The hard-right polemicist is unfettered though, and says her speech will go on with or without government permission.
UC-Berkeley issued a series of demands required for Coulter to speak on their campus, according to Young Americans for Freedom, the event sponsors. “Coulter, we were informed, would be required to deliver her speech in the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event,” Spencer Brown wrote in a YAF article.
Coulter complied with all of these demands provided that Oakland police would do their jobs and the University would denounce any violence or disruptions to her speech as intolerable. In response, UC-Berkeley decided to cancel the event completely.
“This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only,” Brown wrote. “UC-Berkeley has for example, welcomed the corrupt former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, who has cursed at and mocked Donald Trump, currently the President of the United States.”
Never one to back down in the face of adversity, Coulter laughed off the cancellation and declared that the show must go on. “They can’t stop me,” Coulter told the Hollywood Reporter. “I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”
One of the options Coulter has is to file a lawsuit against the school. In a similar case, identitarian Richard Spencer filed an injunction against Auburn University after being denied the opportunity to speak on the campus. The court ruled in his favor yesterday, and he was able to speak as originally planned.
Another plan would be for Coulter to just simply show up to Berkeley and hold court in public against the turmoil from ANTIFA that is sure to follow. The speech is still expected to take place in some manner on Apr. 27.