Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

Officials at the University of California at Berkeley have canceled a planned speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter citing security concerns.

University officials said although the student organization that invited Coulter was independent and was free to welcome whoever they wished at Berkeley, the campus was responsible "for ensuring safety and security during such events".

The violence that broke out in Berkeley on April 15 was one of the reasons UC Berkeley has canceled a planned talk by Ann Coulter, a controversial right-wing commentator.

Coulter Tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she intends to follow through with her speaking engagement (somewhere) in Berkeley.

"Yes, it was officially banned", Coulter said, according to the report.

A university spokesman said the school has not been in direct contact with Coulter but conveyed its concerns with the student group that invited her. UC Bekeley's spokesperson would not speculate about safety, but did say the university has an unwavering commitment to provide security for the campus and students.

Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told The Post that although it had not been in contact with Coulter, it had been in touch with the campus group that invited her to speak.

News organizations obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday. Pro- and anti-Trump protesters clashed off campus in Berkeley on Saturday. UC Berkeley canceled Coulter's event just two months after a violent protest on campus canceled a planned speech by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.




"Given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully - or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected - at any of the campus venues", Greenwell stated, according to the Washington Examiner.

Coulter made clear she is livid about the cancellation and the university's apparent disregard for creating a safe environment for her scheduled speech. It noted that "most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work".

Tucker Carlson criticized the school for claiming they respected the First Amendment while deciding to strip Coulter of her's.

But Berkeley isn't the only university struggling with free speech and its potential risks.

USA TODAY College has reached out to the Berkeley College Republicans for comment.

The event was being co-organized by a campus group called BridgeCal and the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group that books Coulter's campus speeches.

The Young America's Foundation said in a statement: "This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only".

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