Threats of leftist violence force Coulter to cancel Berkeley speech
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.”
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.”