Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter's Speech, But She Vows To Speak Anyway




Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter's Speech, But She Vows To Speak Anyway
Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter's Speech, But She Vows To Speak Anyway

Right-wing author and commentator Ann Coulter said she would "definitely" speak at the University of California, Berkeley next week even though the university administrators are trying to prevent her from doing so, reports said Wednesday.

"Yes, it was officially banned," Coulter said about her appearance at the university on April 27. "But they can't stop me. I'm an American. I have constitutional rights."

"I was invited to speak by two groups on campus, so I intend to speak," she said.

Coulter had accepted an invitation from two of the campus groups in the university, the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA and she was scheduled to deliver a speech about immigration, the topic that was among one of her 12 New York Times best-selling books.

"If that's banned, then no conservative can speak," Coulter told  The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

"Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer's dime," she said referring to the former president of Mexico who already spoke at Beverley this week.

The university canceled the scheduled speech by the author Wednesday citing security concerns. Berkeley College Republicans, who were sponsoring the speech with support from Young America's Foundation (YAF), received a letter from the administrators who said that the university had been "unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter."

The letter, which was written by Scott Biddy, the vice chancellor, and Stephen Sutton, the vice chancellor for student affairs, said: "it was not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully - or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience and bystanders could be adequately protected."

Coulter told the Hollywood Reporter that the university had certain requirements that the author had to agree to before her appearance on April 27. Coulter said she had agreed to all terms and conditions.

"I've acceded to all their silly demands, which they thought would end it. When I said, 'yes, yes, yes,' they canceled anyway. No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers," Coulter said.

Berkeley's sudden decision came amid the rising violence regarding the cancelation of speeches of conservative speakers at the university. In February, they canceled a talk by right-wing firebrand, Milo Yiannopoulos, and a protest against the cancelation grew into a riot . Last weekend a rally in the city grew violent. So, the administrators cited these reasons for the cancelation.

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