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UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter's speech; she vows to speak anyway

UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter's speech; she vows to speak anyway

University officials said, that the scheduled event of Ann Coulter was too tough to handle because of campus Republicans.

Talking to Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night, she said: "What are they going to do?"

It's unclear how a few months would change the current landscape in Berkeley, which has become increasingly violent since February 1, when campus protesters were joined by aggressive members of an allegedly anti-fascist group known as Antifa, who threw fireworks at the building where provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.

In recent months, several conservative speakers have been met with disruptive, sometimes violent protests when invited to speak at USA universities with liberal-leaning student bodies.

Although the student groups hosting her appearance are the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeCal, the contracted sponsor for the event is Young America's Foundation.

In the same letter, administrators reportedly told the student group it was "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".

Coulter said she "called their bluff" by agreeing to rules set by the university seeking to prevent violence.

"What we're struggling to understand is the level of disdain and disregard for recommendations from law enforcement when it is clear their primary focus is on the safety of college students", Mogulof said. "I feel like the Constitution is important, and that taxpayer-supported universities should not be using public funds to violate American citizens' constitutional rights".

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.

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On Wednesday, Coulter claimed that UC Berkeley officials sent her a list of demands that had to be met before her appearance.

Coulter plainly said, "I am giving the speech".

The Berkeley College Republicans did not immediately return HuffPost's request for comment.

It also echoed a similar cancellation in February of a planned speech at the university by right-wing provocateur and former Brietbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, following violent protests.

The decision to shelve Coulter's appearance at the campus that gave birth to the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s came days after opponents and supporters of President Donald Trump clashed in the city. During that event, 20 people were arrested and 11 people were hurt during the melee that broke out.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks instead proposed an alternate May 2 date for the conservative author.

Berkeley canceled Coulter's speech to the university, then chose to reschedule it to another date at another venue.

Earlier in the day, the conservative commentator tweeted, "I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY", calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech.


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