It’s only been a few weeks since the riot at Berkeley over Milo Yiannopoulos’s planned speech there, and its administration just told Ann Coulter that her planned speech can’t go on.
Regardless of one’s opinions on Milo, the law is clear that his speech should have been allowed to continue. UC Berkeley is a state school, and as such has restrictions that are far more stringent than private schools.
Coulter said the university insisted that her speech take place in the middle of the day, that only students could attend, and that the exact venue wouldn’t be announced until the last minute. She said that she agreed with the conditions, but that apparently wasn’t good enough.
Berkeley told its College Republicans that it was “unable to find a safe and suitable” location for Coulter’s event.
Berkeley insists that this “has nothing to do with anyone’s political views. We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment. But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students.”
While Berkeley has canceled the planned event on April 27th, Coulter is undeterred.
“I’m giving a speech. Speech will go on.”