Berke­ley OKs Coul­ter speech

Col­lege Repub­li­cans say they’ll re­ject terms of resched­uled event

The Dallas Morning News - - NATION -

Of­fi­cials at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley re­versed their de­ci­sion Thurs­day to can­cel a speech by con­ser­va­tive fire­brand Ann Coul­ter.

The univer­sity an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it was can­cel­ing Coul­ter’s ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing sev­eral po­lit­i­cal protests in Berke­ley that turned vi­o­lent. But on Thurs­day, the univer­sity said it had found a venue where it could hold the speech May 2, in­stead of the orig­i­nal April 27 date. How­ever, a leader of the col­lege Repub­li­can group that orig­i­nally in­vited Coul­ter said the univer­sity was plac­ing strict con­di­tions on the event, and he said his group in­tended to re­ject the new terms.

Be­fore the re­ver­sal was an­nounced, Coul­ter had vowed to go ahead with an ap­pear­ance any­way.

That prob­a­bly would have put se­cu­rity of­fi­cials on high alert and might have sparked an­other show­down in strug­gles over cam­pus safety, stu­dent views and ide­o­log­i­cal open­ness.

“What are they go­ing to do? Ar­rest me?” she said late Wed­nes­day on the Fox News show Tucker Carl­son Tonight.

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