During an interview with Fox News, Ann Coulter stated that she will show up at the University of California, Berkeley next week despite her planned speaking event being cancelled.
Talking to Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night, she said: “What are they going to do? Arrest me? No, I am definitely giving the speech.”
The conservative commentator wrote on Twitter: “I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY,” earlier that day. She stated that cancelling her planned event on April 27 was a ban on free speech. She was invited to speak at Berkeley on the subject of illegal immigration by campus Republicans.
College campuses across the country have been involved in a free-speech fight involving conservative voices, this cancellation is just the latest skirmish.
Masked rioters at Berkeley smashed windows, set fires and forced the cancellation of an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart News editor last February. While last week, threats of violence forced the Berkeley College Republicans to cancel a speech by writer David Horowitz.
Last month, riots occurred during writer Charles Murray’s appearance at Middlebury, and after protesters blocked the door to the venue earlier this month, Heather Mac Donald’s speech at Claremont McKenna College was streamed online
The school canceled despite giving Coulter a long list of conditions before initially approving her appearance, to which she agreed to.
Coulter told Tucker Carlson Tonight: “I love Milo, but I’m not Milo. I’m a 12-time New York Times bestselling author.” She said that she would’ve talked about her most recent books. She added: “I called their bluff, and they didn’t have another reason to cancel me.”
Threats of violence:
The Berkeley College Republicans were sent a letter on Tuesday by University officials saying that as protesters were expected at the event, officials and campus police had determined they were unable to ensure the safety of Coulter or audience members.
The letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton read: “We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue. Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.”
Violent fights between far-right and far-left protesters at a rally supporting President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley proceeded the cancellation.
According to University spokesman Dan Mogulof, campus police determined that the same groups that caused last week’s violence and during the Yiannopoulos event, had “planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus.”
Posters were hung all over campus with threats to disrupt the event as well as talks on different websites signaled the possibility of planned attacks.
The university said in the letter that students and officials could collaborate to rearrange the event for a later date. It added that that “most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work.”
A campus group called BridgeCal co-organized the event with the Young America’s Foundation, which is a conservative group that books Coulter’s campus speeches.
In a statement, the Young America’s Foundation said: “We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts. The Ann Coulter lecture… will go forward.”