UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

UC Berkeley Flip-Flops on Ann Coulter Speech

UC Berkeley Flip-Flops on Ann Coulter Speech

University officials on Tuesday night informed Berkeley's College Republicans, who invited Coulter to speak, that the April 27 event would need to be rescheduled due to concerns that her speech would set off violent protests and make it hard to maintain campus security.

Yiannopolous announced plans for a multi-day event at the liberal university in a Facebook post, Fox & Friends reported Saturday. In recent months, the campus has been the site of several political protests, some turning violent.

"Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech", said Mr. Maher.

Political commentator and author Ann Coulter attends The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. "I like her as a person".

"It's a shame", she said. "I don't like it", Sanders told The Huffington Post after speaking at a rally for Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello on Thursday night.

Bill Maher dispatched him quickly by saying, "Yes, it is!"

The Berkeley College Republicans said the university's actions amount to a ban on free speech that makes them more determined to have Coulter come.

Maher added, "I feel like this is the liberals' version of book burning, and it's got to stop".

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Yao, the campus police chief, said protesters bent on violence are planning to descend on Berkeley from around the state and other parts of the country.

The Real Time host also took issue with Democrats like Howard Dean claiming that hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment. Don't sit there and whine about how much it costs or that you can't protect one woman and a few hundred people who want to hear what she has to say. "It doesn't mean 'shut up and agree with me'".

Officials, police and even the campus Republicans who invited Coulter say there is reason to fear violence in what is being called the Battle for Berkeley. Berkeley, thankfully, has reconsidered, and Coulter will be giving a talk.

"We are confident that we are on very solid legal grounds", Mogulof said in response to the threatened lawsuit.

Patti wrote to Dhillon: "We are dismayed that your letter suggests a disregard of the professional judgement of law enforcement regarding security concerns, but we are stand ready to work with BCR to find a date, time, and venue where its rights and campus security can be maximized". "Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", a letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy to Berkeley College Republican read.

The cancellation comes after a series of violent clashes this year between far-right and far-left protesters on campus and in downtown Berkeley. But apparently university officials learned a different lesson: It is too risky for the wrong people to exercise their First Amendment rights. The event was cancelled. "Anything less would be a stain on the hallmark UC campus once known as the 'Birthplace of the Free Speech Movement'". "Free speech belongs to everyone - not just the spoilt brats of the academy".

"Berkeley is a place of longtime left-wing protest", he said.