Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter", Berkeley vice chancellors told would-be event co-hosts the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA.

Ann Coulter is vowing to go ahead with her planned April 27 talk at UC Berkeley despite the event being called off by campus officials.

Coulter Tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she intends to follow through with her speaking engagement (somewhere) in Berkeley. This comes just after UC Berkeley officials told UC Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation that it could not accommodate Coulter's visit next Thursday after heightened security concerns following protests as recently as this past weekend.

Due to threats of violence from leftist groups, the University of California-Berkeley has canceled Ann Coulter's speech scheduled for later this month.

Scott Biddy, the vice chancellor, and Stephen Sutton, the vice chancellor for student affairs, sent an email Tuesday night to the Berkeley College Republicans telling them of the decision. The AP obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous canceled an appearance and had to flee for his safety in February after protesters rioted, causing several injuries, outside the event site. "Last week posters threatening disruption of the event appeared on the walls of campus buildings".

Now Coulter is picking up that rhetoric: The conservative commentator is engaging in a minor melting down on Twitter, initially insisting that the cancellation was "FAKE NEWS". She said the school made several demands that she agreed to only to have them cancel anyway.

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"Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", the letter read.

While Registered Student Organizations like yours are independent from the University, and have the right to invite whoever they'd like to speak here, the campus retains responsibility for ensuring safety and security during such events.

Coulter advised Attorney General Jeff Session to look into the matter, since she was "unconstitutionally banned" from speaking. Through YAF, she has been negotiating with the university for days, trying to ensure a safe forum for an exchange of ideas with students in a question and answer session, after giving a speech. They said they found out about the event after reading about it in newspapers.

Organizers of the event released their own statement Wednesday, expressing discontentment at the change in plans. It noted that "most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work".

"We have no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts", the organization concluded.

Spencer Brown, spokesman for the Young America's Foundation, which is paying $17,000 of Coulter's $20,000 fee, said her speech will happen "whether Berkeley likes it or not", notes the San Francisco Chronicle.

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