UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The University of California at Berkeley has canceled a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter.

The school's vice chancellors claimed that the institution was "unable to find a safe and suitable venue for...[the] planned April 27 event", according to a Wednesday article from The Hollywood Reporter.

Berkeley, cradle of the modern liberal movement, has been the scene of violent political clashes in recent months and Cal officials said Coulter's planned event with campus Republicans was too hot to handle, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The letter said the UC Police Department determined that because of "currently active security threats", it was not possible to assure the event could be held successfully of that the safety of Coulter, sponsors, and attendees could be adequately protected at any of the campus venues available.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

In February, in the wake of UC Berkeley canceling a talk by another right-wing firebrand, Milo Yiannopoulos, a protest grew into a riot.

"Last week posters threatening disruption of the event appeared on the walls of campus buildings, and [Tuesday] night new, targeted threats were discovered" online, Mogulof said.

Coulter said in an email to The Washington Post on Wednesday that the university had been trying to force her to cancel her speech by "imposing ridiculous demands" on her. The Berkeley administrators cited these events in their email about the decision to cancel Coulter. She said that she believes her speech "has been unconstitutionally banned" by the "public, taxpayer-supported UC-Berkeley".

The group lashed out in its statement, accusing university officials of misusing taxpayer money for an "unconstitutional purpose" and comparing Biddy and UC President Janet Napolitano to North Korea's authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.

The event was being co-organized by a campus group called BridgeCal and the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group that books Coulter's campus speeches.

Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".

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