Berke­ley can­cels Ann Coul­ter speech

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Vic­tor Mor­ton

Berke­ley will re­main a safe space for Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia stu­dents trig­gered by the pres­ence of Ann Coul­ter on cam­pus. Maybe.

The univer­sity told its Col­lege Repub­li­cans chap­ter this week that it is “un­able to find a safe and suit­able” venue for Miss Coul­ter’s planned April 27 speech and can­celed the event, a ver­dict the right-wing diva promptly vowed to ig­nore.

The note from Vice Chan­cel­lor Scott Biddy said the can­cel­la­tion was made in ac­cord with the

cam­pus po­lice. The univer­sity, the birth­place of the Free Speech Move­ment, has also made of­fi­cial no­tice of threats against the Coul­ter speech.

“Given cur­rent ac­tive se­cu­rity threats, it is not pos­si­ble to as­sure that the event could be held suc­cess­fully,” the let­ter said.

Miss Coul­ter took to Twit­ter to de­nounce the public univer­sity with her usual verve and said she will speak in Berke­ley next week no mat­ter what.

“I ac­ceded to Berke­ley’s ev­ery silly de­mand (never made of lib speak­ers). Called their bluff & they can­celed any­way,” she said, adding that “no school ac­cept­ing public funds can ban free speech.”

Miss Coul­ter said she was “in­struct­ing Berke­ley stu­dent group to spare no ex­pense in rent­ing my speak­ing venue — part of my le­gal dam­ages.”

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