UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons


Coulter reportedly also asked Berkeley officials to warn students that "engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling" to prevent the speech would result in expulsion, the statement said. Berkeley could not find a safe and suitable venue for the appearance, the Chronicle reports.

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

Berkeley College Republicans said that's not true, that they provided plenty of notice about their plans. "Ann Coulter will speak at UC Berkeley whether Berkeley likes it or not", Young America's Foundation spokesperson Spencer Brown said. "But they can't stop me".

Members of the campus Republican group did not immediately respond to the development.

On Wednesday, administrators at the notoriously liberal University of California, Berkeley cancelled a planned lectured by controversial author Ann Coulter. "I'm an American. I have constitutional rights".

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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.

These are rights that Coulter apparently understands to include speaking at Berkeley for $20,000. We base our decisions regarding an event's timing and location on the objective analysis of the law enforcement professionals of UCPD as to how best to ensure safety for all while maximizing the chances that the event can take place as planned.

"We learned about the invitation to Ms. Coulter by reading about it in the newspaper", university officials said.

"Unfortunately, (campus police) determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", according to a letter sent to the student group.

Coulter said those requirements included that she make her speech in the middle of the day, that the event only be open to students, and that the venue she'd be speaking at wouldn't be announced until the last minute. We are confident that with sufficient lead-time and continued collaboration we can together do what is necessary to offer the broadest possible range of speakers and events on the Berkeley campus.