Coulter: Berkeley is a “radical thuggish institution”
April 27th, 2017 – Conservative commentator Ann Coulter will not be speaking at UC Berkeley today, but the battle over free speech has not been halted. It’s been pushed further into the epicenter of hot-button issues being argued between the left and the right as blame for the cancellation seems to be falling on everyone involved. Coulter officially pulled out of the speech Wednesday after insisting she would still attend the event following the university claiming it couldn’t accommodate or safely protect her and their student body.
I’m so sorry Berkeley canceled my speech. I’m so sorry YAF acquiesced in the cancelation. And I’m so sorry for free speech crushed by thugs.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 26, 2017
Coulter continued sharing her feelings about the “dark day” for free speech and the belief that the conservative groups organizing the event should have kept up their fight against the university.
For their part, the university said the organizing groups didn’t follow proper protocol for requesting an event at the university, so it was technically never scheduled.
“Ms. Coulter and speakers regardless of their position are welcome on this campus” spokesman Dan Mogulof said.
“We know how to do this, but we can’t do what we want to do to facilitate those speakers if the groups that want to invite them and host them don’t work with us in the way that they need to,” Mogulof said.
“In effect, our free speech has been stifled because the university has decided not to assist us in making sure the event can occur successfully,” Troy Worden, president of the Berkeley College Republicans said.
Students, media and politicians are keeping the conversation going despite the many cancellations.
The Bay Area chapter of the International Socialist Organization will hold an “Alt-Right Delete” press conference for those who oppose “racist provocateurs” this afternoon. Hours later, right-wing commentators will gather on Sproul Plaza where Gavin McInnes will deliver Coulter’s scheduled speech in her place.
“I heard she canceled and immediately headed to the airport to do the speech on her behalf,” McInnes tweeted. “The @AnnCoulter event in Berkeley is NOT canceled.”
Where do you fall on the free speech debate when the environment has grown violent and hostile? What’s the best approach to bring together opposing views?
Our own chat with Ann Coulter on political correctness: