Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech
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.”