Young America’s Foundation (YAF), a conservative youth group who helps organize appearances by top figures in the movement on campuses around the country, has put out word that Ann Coulter’s April 27th appearance at UC Berkeley has been scuttled by the university due to “security concerns.” YAF is telling media that Ann will still travel to Berkeley to make some sort of appearance, one way or the other. Apparently, the idiots in charge tried to impose some insane restrictions that were accepted by Ms. Coulter, however the (very reasonable) requests she made in return were rejected by UC Berkeley.
If you saw Richard Spencer’s appearance at Auburn last night, you know that safety can be attained at these sorts of events. It just takes the will to do so. Even though Auburn tried to stop him from coming there, once he got the go ahead from a judge, they did everything in their power to make it a success with minimum violence. And with the exception of a couple incidents, it worked. One key thing police did was make antifa de-mask in order to “protest” the event. This should be the standard for every university going forward.
A scheduled appearance by conservative commentator and writer Ann Coulter at the University of California later this month has been canceled because of concerns about safety and security at the event.
Word of the cancellation of the April 27th event comes just days after a violent encounter between far-right supporters and far-left protesters at a pro-Donald Trump rally in Berkeley in which multiple people were injured and arrested.
In a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton said the university will work with the group to find an alternative time and date for often-provocative Coulter to speak at Berkeley.
The letter said the UC Police Department determined that because of “currently active security threats,” it was not possible to assure the event could be held successfully of that the safety of Coulter, sponsors, and attendees could be adequately protected at any of the campus venues available.
BREITBART has also weighed in, with more details of how negotiations broke down…
“Young America’s Foundation, BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans have been working together to produce a lecture at UC-Berkeley on April 27, 2017, by Ann Coulter, a twelve-time bestselling author, whose book, ‘Adios, America!’ – a No. 2 New York Times bestseller — is widely credited with shaping President Donald Trump’s immigration views,” announced Young America’s Foundation in a press release, Wednesday. “The topic of her speech was immigration.”
“UC-Berkeley, a publicly-funded university, first imposed a series of ridiculous requirements on the speech allegedly in the name of ‘safety.’ Coulter, we were informed, would be required to deliver her speech in the afternoon; only students would be allowed to attend; and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event,” they continued. “Against our advice, Coulter agreed to all these requirements. In return, she requested two measures, which actually had something to do with safety.”
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
As Coulter explained, “If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it.”
The university’s response was to ban her speech…
“We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts,” the organization concluded. “The Ann Coulter lecture sponsored by Young America’s Foundation will go forward.”
UPDATE: Ann has chimed in on Twitter…
I acceded to Berkeley's every silly demand (never made of lib speakers). Called their bluff & they canceled anyway. https://t.co/EQsiAEWPpW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2017
Instructing Berkeley student group to spare no expense in renting my speaking venue – part of my legal damages. https://t.co/EQsiAEWPpW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 19, 2017