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Free Speech Political Correctness

Breaking: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Appearance…It’s Not Just the University’s Fault

Written by Philip Hodges

Ann Coulter was planning on going ahead with a speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley on April 27. University officials said they couldn’t accommodate her on that day, but said she could come on May 2 during the school’s ‘dead week,’ when very few people would attend. That way, there’d be less of a chance of riots, looting, and angry ‘free speech’ activists setting things on fire and beating people up.

Coulter wasn’t going to do that. She was going to come at a time when lots of people could attend, regardless of the prospect of violent outbreaks from spoiled brats. That’s what the police are for. But coming at a time when no one would show up would sort of defeat the purpose.

Well, now it seems she’s decided to cancel the event. She was invited by two student groups, the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation. But both groups have sided with university officials and have withdrawn their support, citing safety concerns. The New York Times reported:

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she is canceling her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance.

Ms. Coulter, in a message to The New York Times, said, “It’s a sad day for free speech.”

[…]

Late on Tuesday, the conservative group that was helping Ms. Coulter in her legal efforts to force Berkeley to host her, Young America’s Foundation, said it could no longer participate. “Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the group said.

Without any support, Ms. Coulter said, she was left with little choice. “Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away,” she said.

In an email to Reuters, she wrote: “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team.” Among her unlikely allies were Bill Maher, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Law enforcement sources had told Fox News that there was a ’99 percent chance’ of violence if Coulter showed up on Thursday. From Breitbart:

YAF and the Berkeley College Republicans are suing the university, and on Tuesday YAF withdrew its support for the Coulter event, citing the refusal of local law enforcement to protect participants. Berkeley’s mayor, 32-year-old Jesse Arreguin, expressed sympathy for the protests against Milo. He is also allegedly a member of the Facebook group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a local left-wing militant group that has played a leading role in the unrest.

What an absolute mess. They want to protect the ‘free speech’ of rioters, looters, and vandals, but they don’t want to protect the free speech of Ann Coulter.

Like I’ve said before, if I were in Ann Coulter’s position, I wouldn’t want to come anywhere near that place. Everything is backwards.

They say they want to protect free speech, which they define as unpopular or offensive speech. They claim that conservatives aren’t voicing just unpopular or offensive speech. It’s ‘hate speech.’ And they say the First Amendment doesn’t protect ‘hate speech.’ That way, their violence and mayhem can be justified, and the media will portray it as ‘righteous indignation.’

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