Threats of left­ist vi­o­lence force Coul­ter to can­cel Berke­ley speech

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ken Shepherd

Con­ser­va­tive colum­nist Ann Coul­ter won’t be go­ing to the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley on Thurs­day af­ter all.

In an email to the Reuters newswire Wednesday, the con­ser­va­tive fire­brand said she was can­cel­ing her planned trip be­cause “I looked over my shoul­der, and my al­lies had joined the other team.”

Ms. Coul­ter made the prom­ise to ap­pear on cam­pus last week in an April 19 tweet, promis­ing in all cap­i­tal let­ters “I will be speak­ing next Thurs­day.”

Both the Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion and the Berke­ley Col­lege Repub­li­cans took the school to court for can­cel­ing Ms. Coul­ter’s planned speech.

Cam­pus of­fi­cials had of­fered to resched­ule the talk to May 2, a re­quest that was turned down by Ms. Coul­ter, who is on the record com­plain­ing that she met the in­sti­tu­tion’s var­i­ous de­mands be­fore sched­ul­ing the orig­i­nally planned speech, only to es­sen­tially call their bluff when they can­celed the event.

But in a state­ment posted to its website, YAF lamented that “Berke­ley made it im­pos­si­ble to hold a lec­ture due to the lack of as­sur­ances for pro­tec­tions from fore­see­able vi­o­lence from un­re­strained left­ist ag­i­ta­tors.”

As such, the group said, while it was “press­ing for­ward with its law­suit” it could not “jeop­ar­dize the safety of its staff or stu­dents” by join­ing Ms. Coul­ter in her planned appearance.

Ms. Coul­ter told the Hol­ly­wood Reporter that YAF was too timid in its le­gal re­sponse and should have filed a mo­tion in court to or­der the state’s lib­eral Demo­cratic gover­nor to call in the Na­tional Guard to se­cure the cam­pus.

“Why hasn’t Gov. Jerry Brown or­dered the na­tional guard in?” Ms. Coul­ter said. “He might have — if there had been a court or­der. The way we vin­di­cate con­sti­tu­tional right in this coun­try is by go­ing to court and forc­ing state ac­tors vi­o­lat­ing our rights as Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to stop. But YAF wouldn’t file for a court or­der, just dam­ages — which Berke­ley doesn’t care about. It’s on the Cal­i­for­nia tax­pay­ers.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Con­ser­va­tive fire­brand Ann Coul­ter will not be speak­ing at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkley on Thurs­day. In an email to Reuters newswire on Wednesday she ex­plained her de­ci­sion, “I looked over my shoul­der, and my al­lies had joined the other team.”

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