Shortly after officials at the University of California, Berkeley, cancelled a planned speech by Ann Coulter, they walked back the cancellation and placed her back on the schedule, but on an entirely different day. Coulter was not pleased.
What happened? Earlier in the week school officials informed organizers of Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance that he was unable to locate a “safe and suitable venue” for the speech and would therefore have to cancel it.
According to the Los Angeles Times, on Thursday they reversed the decision — perhaps because of the immense blowback they received from conservative media — but rescheduled it for May 2, a day during which there will be no classes on campus.
How Has Coulter Responded? When the school initially cancelled her event, Coulter pledged to speak at the university anyway.
“Yes, it was officially banned, but they can’t stop me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 20, 2017
Following the announcement that the speech had been rescheduled but on the wrong day, Coulter made it clear on Twitter that she would not accept the changed date and intended to speak on April 27 as originally planned.
Take a look:
In addition to facts: We've already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can't do May 2…THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017
I'm speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do and have a contract to do. https://t.co/thkiODIsSi
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 20, 2017
What Happens Next? The organization that invited Coulter to campus, Young America’s Foundation, reportedly threatened to sue the university in a letter sent Thursday evening to the school’s vice chancellor:
“Berkeley has until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 to confirm their cooperation with Coulter’s planned speech organized by Young America’s Foundation and hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans,” a press release issued alongside the letter read.
The Daily Wire: YAF To Berkeley: Let Ann Coulter Speak As Planned, Or Face Federal Lawsuit
The Washington Post: Ann Coulter rejects Berkeley’s new invite — and a lawsuit may be pending
KABC: UC Berkeley Threatened With Lawsuit Over Ann Coulter Speech
Why Is This Happening? Two words: Political correctness. Coulter’s blunt rhetoric might offend some snowflakes, so it must be censored in some way or another. And sadly, this is an attitude maintained not only by some school officials but by a number of political figures as well.
“Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment,” Howard Dean wrote Friday morning on Twitter, referencing his inane belief that Ann Coulter’s reasonable and quite intelligent words somehow constitute “hate speech.”