Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

A planned speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the home of the free speech movement has been canceled out of protest fears.

Coulter was scheduled to speak April 27 at UC Berkeley in an event that was to be co-hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, the Chronicle reported.

Coulter reacted angrily to the cancellation on Wednesday, saying in a series of tweets that it amounted to censorship and vowing nonetheless to show up at Berkeley as scheduled. This comes just after UC Berkeley officials told UC Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation that it could not accommodate Coulter's visit next Thursday after heightened security concerns following protests as recently as this past weekend.

Mogulof said campus police had learned that some of the groups that took part in those clashes 'planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus'.

University officials said they were initially unaware of Coulter's invitation because the campus Republican group had not informed the university it was inviting her.

Coulter was invited to speak at Berkeley by campus Republicans on the subject of illegal immigration. Pro-Trump supporters, white supremacists, and pro-gun activists clashed with Antifa demonstrators who came to shut them down.

An appearance at UC Berkeley by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled after protesters rioted outside the event in February.

Last week, posters went up on campus threatening disruption of the event and officials also found chatter on various websites indicating the possibility of planned violence, Mogulof said.

Tucker Carlson criticized the school for claiming they respected the First Amendment while deciding to strip Coulter of her's. "No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers", Coulter told THR.

The prestigious university's vice chancellors said Wednesday that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully".

"No school accepting public funds can ban free speech", she wrote in an apparent reference to Trump's threat to cut off federal funds to Berkeley in the wake of the Yiannopoulos incident. Through YAF, she has been negotiating with the university for days, trying to ensure a safe forum for an exchange of ideas with students in a question and answer session, after giving a speech.

Members of the student organization could not be reached for comment.

"We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts", the organization concluded.

A conservative national group that was helping to organize the event, Young America's Foundation, said Coulter also made demands of her own, including that any students engaging in violence be expelled.

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