UC Berkeley reverses postponement of Ann Coulter event

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Conservative author Ann Coulter has been reinvited to speak at UC Berkeley on May 2 — an announcement made a day after news broke that the campus had postponed the event because of active security threats.

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced at a press conference Thursday that the campus had found an appropriate location for the event to go on despite a Tuesday announcement that the event would likely be rescheduled for September. Dirks said the campus location will be disclosed once the campus has finalized the event with the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, the student groups that originally invited Coulter to speak.

The event was initially scheduled to take place April 27, but campus vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton sent an email to BCR alerting them to security risks amid a recent spate of massive protests. The postponement of the Coulter event drew national attention Wednesday in light of concerns that the campus was censoring free speech.

“As the home of the Free Speech Movement, we fully support the right and ability of our students to host speakers of their choice,” Dirks said at the press conference. “We believe that exposing students to a diverse array of perspectives is an inherent and inseparable part of our educational mission.”

In February, a campus talk by former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled after a fiery protest erupted, and fights broke out Saturday when demonstrators clashed at the Free Speech Rally held in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.

“Berkeley has become a focal point for these demonstrations recently,” said UCPD Capt. Alex Yao at the press conference. “The safety of our community is a high priority for us.”

Yao added that UCPD’s approach and staffing for the upcoming Coulter event will be different than for the Yiannopoulos event, but he declined to go into specifics.

Regarding the cancellation of the April 27 event, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said at the press conference that the campus’s primary concern was being able to provide the “necessary level of security and safety” for both Coulter and campus students.

BCR spokesperson Naweed Tahmas said the organization had “no intention” of working with campus administrators with regards to the scheduled May 2 event.

“We’re still moving forward with Coulter coming on April 27, no matter how many times the campus whines about it,” Tahmas said.

BridgeUSA Co-president Pranav Jandhyala said his organization is still evaluating whether May 2 will be a feasible date to host the event, citing concerns that Coulter’s security team may not be able to accommodate the newly proposed date. He was also unsure of whether the Young America’s Foundation would still sponsor Coulter’s talk.

He added that while he appreciated that the campus had made an effort to reschedule the event to an earlier date than September, he is concerned about how the logistics of the event will unfold.

“They’re extending this little show of an olive branch,” Jandhyala said. “They could be doing a lot more.”

Contact Andrea Platten, Bobby Lee and Harini Shyamsundar at newsdesk@dailycal.org.

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  • FreedomFan

    Here’s the outstanding letter from Berkeley College Republicans’ lawyer to the Democrat weasels running Berkeley:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2syzMZYL9R7TmlVeVQ5bWFhb0U/view

    “Berkeley Once Stood for Free Speech. Now It Rolls Over”
    by the great Megan McArdle
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-21/berkeley-once-stood-for-free-speech-now-it-rolls-over
    “Berkeley leftists seem to have decided that free speech was a mistake — and the administration seems intent on helping them roll it back.”

  • John

    She got some headlines and sold a few more books, so this manufactured controversy is like a best case scenario for her. Mission accomplished!

    • FreedomFan

      Yes. Democrats are brilliant strategists.

  • FreedomFan

    Nazis believed in killing people based upon their race.
    Marxists believe in killing people based upon their wealth.

    Democrats celebrate marxism as the “good” form of tyranny.
    Conservatives celebrate freedom and despise any form of tyranny.

  • SMH

    .

    BIG ** ‘BRAVE’ ** ULTRA-RIGHT-WING WHITE-SUPREMACIST-NATIONALIST **GOON** _**SUCKER-PUNCHES**_ A ***WOMAN*** IN THE FACE DURING INVADING PRO-TRUMP RALLY IN BERKELEY:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQGho_N0uBs

    .

  • Leonidas

    It’s quite typical & expected to see the misogynistic & bigoted attacks against Ann Coulter and other conservative speakers.

    That is exactly what these beta-male snowflakes do. The hard left are cowards.

    You do not intimidate us. We will not back down. Free-speech will be protected.

  • Grady

    This is what happens when snowflakes run the university.

    • Leonidas

      you got that right…

  • dpaul

    UC administrators came to their senses when they realized that 350 million federal dollars of yearly funding was at risk by violating the U.S. Constitution.

  • SMH

    .

    I posted a version of this when David Horowitz was invited to campus by the College Repuglicans — it also applies to Ann Coulter:

    “[Horowitz / Coulter are] interested in academic, political, and intellectual freedom to express views and opinions in a format that I think our campus really struggles with,” Rouley said in a text message.”

    If you think this is actually true about either Horowitz or Coulter or *anyone* the College Repuglicans invite to campus, THEN YOU’RE A *CHUMP*!!

    The speaking event will be so tightly controlled — and Horowitz or Coulter will have COMPLETE MICROPHONE CONTROL even over any so-called ‘Q&A’.

    And it’s not like they’re going to be on some PANEL with INTELLECTUAL OPPOSITION that *ALSO* has sustained access to a microphone. There wouldn’t be any “academic/intellectual *exchange*, or *challenge*, or *debate* of views”. Horowitz/Coulter will make their usual *purposely* red-meat-incendiary cracks to purposely (just like Milo wanted to do) inflame and get the liberals / progressives / leftists ROARING with disgust. All this will be video’d — but later heavily edited and re-arranged — for publicity ‘footage’, and photographed for publicity ‘shots’, on their websites or YouTube for their Angry White Nationalists followers.

    And then Horowitz/Coulter will also use the ‘Q&A’ as A ONE-WAY SET-UP — actually starting from their rabid-right-wing speech itself — for even *more* purposely incendiary cracks from Horowitz/Coulter — again, thrown out as bloody raw red meat to the *liberals/progressives* — with no follow-up rebuttals or corrections allowed from the same questioner. Q&A will be like setting up bowling ball pins, as far as Horowitz or Coulter are tactically concerned, for Horowitz or Coulter to verbally knock down at close range.

    So then, given no real / meaningful opportunities for true reasonable rebuttal time, over Horowitz’s / Coulter’s MICROPHONE MONOPOLY, progressives/leftists will end up having to shout rebuttals — which happens when you don’t get a real or representative voice at the ‘table’ / podium / microphone to meaningfully counter a *purposely* incendiary speaker. And, that progressives / leftists shouting will also have the desired effect by Horowitz or Coulter of making the progressives / leftists in the audience look unruly and out-of-control. And it will thus be Horowitz / Coulter who will claim that the progressives/leftists wouldn’t let *him/her* speak.

    THE WHITE VICTIMIZER [ NOW LIKE BILL O’REILLY TOO! ] PLAYING THE “OH-SO-OPPRESSED” “*VICTIM*”!…

    ‘OHHH, SOCIETY HAS DONE HOROWITZ / COULTER *SSO* WRONG…’

    ‘IN FACT, IT’S *WHITE* PEOPLE WHO’VE *ACTUALLY* GOTTEN THE RAW DEAL AND THE SHORT END OF THE STICK IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND SOCIETY.’

    No kind of truly intellectual exchange/critique of ideas/arguments would ever be conducted this way in an *academic* department or presentation — because no truly intellectual exchange/critique of ideas/arguments could ever meaningfully take place this way.

    So…, do you really want to participate — be used and manipulated — in Horowitz’s/Coulter’s right-wing dog-&-pony — or should I say their BEAR-BAITING — show?

    And then Horowitz/Coulter will use videos/photos of the not-given-a-chance, shouting critics as living *props* as a way for then *Horowitz/Coulter* to shout in their TV/print pleas/ads to their white right-wing grunts/groupies, “SEND ME MONEY!! — I’m besieged!!”

    .

    • E.

      How deep. I’m in awe.

  • SMH

    .

    ALL THIS OVER AN ULTRA-RIGHT-WING SKELETALLY ANOREXIC *BIMBO* WITH AN OVERSTRETCHED PLASTIC SURGERY FACE, AND HIGHLY AIR-BRUSHED PUBLICITY PHOTOS, OR UNDER SMOOTHINGLY VERY BRIGHT STUDIO / SPOT LIGHTS.

    WATCH **CHRIS ROCK** TAKE HER DOWN:

    https://www.youtube.com/wat

    HA-HA-HA—HA-HA!!

    .

    • FreedomFan

      Why are Democrats such vicious misogynists?

    • Grady

      Does this woman frighten you SMH?

      • SMH

        .
        I CAN’T *HEAR* YOU…: MY *TEETH* ARE CHATTERING…

        (Ha-Ha-Ha…)
        .

        • E.

          Both of them?

    • Leonidas

      Have you always been this misogynistic, bigoted and out right stupid?
      Or did somebody just pick you up by your feet and drop you on your head and then you turned out that way?

      • SMH

        Yo Leonidas!… MISOGYNIST?… You mean like *THIS*!?…:

        ‘OHHH-SSO-TOUGH BIG ** ‘BRAVE’ ** ULTRA-RIGHT-WING WHITE-SUPREMACIST-NATIONALIST **GOON** _**SUCKER-PUNCHES**_ A ***WOMAN*** IN THE FACE AT A TRUMP PROTEST IN BERKELEY:


        .

        • Leonidas

          You are the one who made bigoted and misogynistic comments about Ann Coulter.

          • SMH

            .
            Leonidas: “You are the one who made bigoted and misogynistic comments about Ann Coulter.”

            And *THEN* LOOK WHAT HAPPENED…:

            .

        • Leonidas

          You are a typical democrat beta-male misogynist. All of you are cowards.

  • FreedomFan

    Maybe this excellent article had something to do with the reversal:

    UC Berkeley surrenders to the fascists
    By Thomas Lifson
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/uc_berkeley_surrenders_to_the_fascists.html

    • Leonidas

      I read the article twice… That was awesome!

    • KillerMarmot

      I liked this part…

      The arrogant left wing academics that are accommodating fascistic students across the land by failing to punish disrupters of conservative speeches do not realize it, but they are in an existential crisis. Higher education is a vast and rich industry that feeds at the public trough, and which is squandering centuries of public good will and support. An accumulating mass of insults to common sense by radical leftists on the faculty and in the student body is eroding that support and eventually will see support for strong measures.

      The existential crisis comes from two directions. The first is from above, the reduction of public support. The second is from below, the reduction in students willing to pay huge tuitions to such institutions.

      I have hope that those universities that protect first amendment rights and do not subject students to forced political indoctrination will flourish at the expense of the rest, who will be forced to reconsider their policies.

  • ThinkinGuy

    The administration knows they will lose in court, so they are trying to save face. The fact is that there could be adequate security if the UCPD, Berkeley PD, and Oakland PD actually made arrests of the rioters. If the government wants to protect free speech, they know what to do. If they don’t want to protect, then so be it. We all have to sacrifice constiutional rights from time to time.

    • SMH

      .

      ThinkinGuy*NOT*: “The administration knows they will lose in court…”

      ‘YYYEAH’…, I’M ‘SURE’ THEY’RE REALLY SWEATIN’ BUCKETS ABOUT *THAT*… — OVER *ANN COULTER*…

      .

      • E.

        Yes they are and so are you.

  • Leonidas

    I doubt the sincerity of the administration of UC Berkeley along with their police chief. When they say that they want Ann Coulter’s speech to go off without any problems. Considering these bureaucrats past record, it makes me doubt their honesty.

  • Balynt

    Ann Coulter is an ignorant liar. Who could respect her? If Hitler were alive, the Campus Republicans…how many are there…100 out of 40,000?…would be eager to invite him. They couldn’t stop at an advocate for pedophilia or a neo-Nazi. The lowest form of life is too good for them. Bring them all. How boring.

    • ThinkinGuy

      whatever… if she is such a beast, then let the light be shined on her. u guys are afraid of the truth is the real problem.

      • Balynt

        No. Just bored by dopes and the mentally ill.

        • FreedomFan

          But not too bored to bloody some people for wanting to hear a speech.

          The “anti-fascist” bigots seem to specialize in terrorizing women and gay speakers…just like their Islamist pals.

          Good luck, comrade.

          • Balynt

            Breitbart dressed some people in masks and did $100,000 worth of damage. Berkeley people are just not interested in these low-level speakers. It is all a right-wing fraud.

        • ThinkinGuy

          yeh ok… u get to decide who is a dope and who is mentally ill. lol that’s why we have the freedom of speech thing… so each person can decide for themselves.

          • Balynt

            Speech is free on the internet so it is quite easy to see that the three invited speakers were racists, misogynists and liars. Oh, and let’s not forget free speech for pedophiles!

        • Mike Segal

          Once there was an astronomer by the name of Galileo. The Inquisition told him the planners revolve around the earth. That was 500 years ago and the new Inquisitors are still alive and well as the masked thugs who trash property at UCB to deny free speech. O the ironies of history. O they banned mandatory Western Civ. No wonder.

    • E.

      Boo hoo. Why so afraid of a few words by Anne? What are you afraid of?

    • E.

      Oh, a Hitler reference! How original. Did you come up with that on your own?

      We’re working our way backwards in the evolutionary chain. When we get to you, we’ll invite you!

  • skeptical1776

    One almost hopes that the spoiled, effeminate little lefty piglets will attempt their impotent shenanigans again.

    Good citizens always obey the law and never start violence but, submitted to repeated provocations, they may just finish what other start.

    To the ludicrous Berkeley snowflakes – with your silly aggression, you’ve repeatedly signed a check your tender derrieres can’t cash.

    It won’t work any longer.

    Like the good Pajama Girly Boys you are, sip your latte and stop abusing the tolerance of actual men. You’ve been warned for the last time.

    • Leonidas

      Well stated…
      These beta-male thugs will not be tolerated.

  • Leonidas

    UC Berkeley, the whole world is watching…
    You had better protect people’s first amendment rights…

    • SMH

      .

      YEAH…: THE WHOLE WORLD WANTS TO HEAR *ANN COULTER*…

      YESTERDAY ON TV SHE COMPARED HERSELF TO _*MARTIN LUTHER KING*_ !!

      —————————————————————————————————————————–

      WESTERN EUROPEANS — AND FOREIGN STUDENTS ON CAMPUS — MUST BE *WONDERING*…:

      *THAT’S* THE *SELF-FANCIED* ‘GREATEST DEMOCRACY ON EARTH’ !??? — WHERE THEY’LL GIVE ANY *FOOOL* A PUBLIC OR MEDIA MICROPHONE!?

      FIRST THEY ELECT ***TRUMP*** — …AND NOW ALL OF BERKELEY’S ATTENTION HAS BEEN HIJACKED AND DIVERTED TO A *FOOL*!!???

      .

      • E.

        Guess that makes you foolish then.

      • Danceswithdachshunds

        You have an obviously peaceful option here … DON’T ATTEND.

        Is that idea too difficult to understand? I don’t show up trying to interfere with you attending to hear your socialist heroes – why can’t you do the same?

  • Left Unsaid

    Have Nathan Damigo warm up the crowd!

    • Nunya Beeswax

      The next Frank Fay!

  • Kungfu Jones

    Let her speak, it’ll create good fodder for the late-night shows.

    • FreedomFan

      She’s a regular on TV shows, genius.

      • SMH

        .

        YEAH…: *”FOX* NEWS” !!
        .

      • Kungfu Jones

        Oh yeah, publicity is finite…

  • concerns over safety and security = doublespeak for unconstitutional censorship of individual free speech by government institutions

    • Leonidas

      That is exactly right…

  • Leonidas

    I hope that the Berkeley Police & the UC Berkeley Police Departments do their job and protect the people who come to see AnnCoulter.
    Refusing to protect people that are getting beaten up in the streets is unacceptable.

    They should ignore orders from Democrat politicians & bureaucrats to stand down.
    Berkeley police do your job.

  • Leonidas

    I’m not buying it that the college administration finally saw the light & are OK to allow Ann Coulter on campus. These are hard left radicals who hate everything that Ann Coulter stands for. They are not OK with her being there. But they have succumbed temporarily to outside pressure.

    UC Berkeley’s ultimate goal is to deny conservatives their First Amendment rights, no doubt about it.

    Behind the scenes they are probably sending communication out to their minions the beta-male snowflake antifa cowards.

    The public is not afraid of UC Berkeley & The city of Berkeley.
    Their beta-male snowflake
    black-shirt masked thugs do not intimidate us.

    • FreedomFan

      The whole world is watching.
      The whole world is watching.
      The whole world is watching.

      • Leonidas

        That is exactly right!

      • SMH

        .

        UH-HUH…: THE WHOLE WORLD JUST *CAN’T WAIT* TO HEAR *ANN COULTER*!!…

        YESTERDAY ON TV SHE COMPARED HERSELF TO _*MARTIN LUTHER KING*_ !!

        —————————————————————————————————————————–

        WESTERN EUROPEANS — AND FOREIGN STUDENTS ON CAMPUS — MUST BE *WONDERING*…:

        *THAT’S* THE *SELF-FANCIED* ‘GREATEST DEMOCRACY ON EARTH’ !??? — WHERE THEY’LL GIVE ANY *FOOOL* A PUBLIC OR MEDIA MICROPHONE!?

        FIRST THEY ELECT ***TRUMP*** — …AND NOW ALL OF BERKELEY’S ATTENTION HAS BEEN HIJACKED AND DIVERTED TO A *FOOOL*!!???

        .

        • E.

          I’m excited. I just bot 10 copies of her book and I’ll be there!

          • SMH

            .

            E.: “I’m excited. I just bot 10 copies of her book…!”

            WHAT ARE *YOU* — A *COMMIE*!!???…: ONLY A *MEASLY* *10*!???…: THAT’S **ALL**!???…

            I THINK YOU SHOULD BUY AT *LEAST* **100**!!

            WHAT BOOK OF HERS DID YOU BUY?: _”IN TRUMP WE TRUST”?…; _”ADIOS AMERICA”_?…; OR HER **AUTOBIOGRAPHY**, _”**DEMONIC**”_!!

            (HA-HA-HA…!!)

            AND DON’T FORGET TO SEND HER EXTRA **MONEY**!! — AT *LEAST* **$500-$1,000**!! …

            YOU’RE A **COMMIE** IF YOU **DON’T**…

            AFTER ALL…, SHE *IS* BESIEGED!!

            [COULTER SNAGGIN’ *FOOOLS* ALREADY!]

            I HOPE **ALLL** YOU _ANGRY ULTRA-RIGT-WING WHITE-SUPREMACIST NATIONALISTS_ BUY *ALLLL* HER BOOKS AND SEND HER *MUCCHO* *MUCHO* MOOLLAH!!…

            [HEYYY, COULTER’S PLAYIN’ THE RIGHT PEOPLE!! … I *CAN’T* *COMPLAINNN*…]

            HA-HA-HA…!!

            .

          • E.

            Gimme a break, I bought 100 from Horowitz and 500 of Milos! I buy a book for every 17 year old masked knuckle-dragging beta that shows up to protest. I’ll buy one for you!

          • SMH

            .

            YO “E.”,…: **GRRREAAAT**!!!…

            DID YOU SEE WHERE I GAVE YOU ANOTHER “*UP* VOTE”!!?…

            DON’T FORGET TO ALSO GIVE THEM *MUCHO* *MUCHO* **MMOOLLLAH**!!…: AFTER ALLL, THEY’RE **BESIEGED**!!

            (MIGHT BE A L’IL SOMP’N-SOMP’N FO’ YA FROM *COULTER* –OR *MILO*– IN IT…)

            (AND MAYBE DAVID HOROWITZ WILL TELL YOU WHAT HE DID TO BETTY VAN PATTER! …MAYBE HE DIDN’T **MEEEAN** TO KI–… WELLL…, LIKE YOUR OLE FRIEND **BILL O’REILLY**, DAVID HOROWITZ JUST CAN’T TAKE **REJECTION**!!)

            YOU CAN ALSO LEAVE *100* COPIES EACH OF MILO’s, HOROWITZ’s, and COULTER’s BOOKS FOR ME *TOO* — AT “EUROPEAN BOOKS & MEDIA” STORE” ON SHATTUCK AVE @ 66TH STREET! …THEY’LL CALL ME RIGHT AWAY AFTER YOU DROP THEM OFF.

            BE SURE TO DROP THE BOOKS OFF *BEFORE* 6:00PM WHEN “EUROPEAN BOOKS” CLOSES! …I’LL MAKE **RREEEALL** GOOD USE OF THEM BOOKS…

            OHHH **BBOYY**…, I CAN’T **WAIT**!!…

            .

  • roccolore

    And we all know how the “tolerant” left will react.

    • FreedomFan

      Hopefully Based Stickman is out of jail in time.

    • Spanker Dane

      American patriots were starting to exert serious presssure on UC Berkeley. Faced with the mounting demands for serious consequences, Berkeley had no choice but to cave. Make no mistake, Berkeley will continue to be a den of leftist anti-Americanism, but they now know that they are being held to account.

      • CSears

        Yawn.

      • Florence Erlenmeyer

        Alumni donors who won’t tolerate intolerance were also pressuring our alma mater. Stop donations until Berkeley stops political persecution of conservatives.

    • BREAKING: Marxist Professor Accused of Attempted Murders at Berkeley Free Speech Rally
      http://gotnews.com/marxist-public-college-professor-accused-murder-attempts-berkeley-free-speech-rally/

    • Danceswithdachshunds

      I don’t mince words anymore – they’re Bolsheviks.

  • Willliam Wallace

    Surely the Administration can find an any-sex restroom that she can speak in to a standing room only crowd.

    • FreedomFan

      Most droll, comrade. Ha. Ha.

    • John

      Normally I’d agree with you, but thanks to the hate, intolerance, and violence of #antifa, this may very well be a major event. Not sure how many will come to hear her talk, but there will be many people there to make sure that she *can* talk.

      • FreedomFan

        The “anti-fascist” bigots seem to specialize in terrorizing women and gay speakers.

    • Leonidas

      That’s really misogynistic to attack a woman.
      To say Ann Coulter can have her talk in “any-sex restroom”. But since she is a conservative woman it’s OK right?
      Real funny tough guy.

      And I thought you secular progressives were all about women’s rights & standing up for women.
      Cowards all of you…

    • SMH

      .

      **GOOD** ONE, Willliam Wallace !!
      .

    • Danceswithdachshunds

      That’s about the only place the intolerant left will allow anyone to say something that doesn’t fit their leftist ideology.

  • FreedomFan

    Wow the chancellor found his gonads after all.

    • SMH

      FreedomFan: “They [the University] were proly worried about Trump cutting off all their funding for banning Conservatives.”

      ‘YEAH’…: I’M ‘SURE’ THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY CHANCELLOR WAS SWEATIN’ BUCKETS…

      (OVER ‘POWER’ THAT TRUMP DOESN’T EVEN HAVE OVER THE UNIVERSITY.)

      .

      • Nunya Beeswax

        It’s true; Trump doesn’t have the power to do that. It would require an act of Congress at the very least.

  • KillerMarmot

    Now step 2…

    If anyone breaks the law over this event — whether it be assault or threat of assault, destruction of property, blocking entrances, unwarranted pulling of fire alarms, and so on — then arrest them.

    Free speech and the rule of law should not be this controversial.