Ann Coulter to Berkeley snowflakes on banned speech: I’ll be there…’What are they going to do, arrest me?’

Turns out, Ann Coulter is too ‘dangerous’ for the snowflakes at the University of California, Berkeley, so much so that administrators canceled a previously scheduled lecture by the conservative author and pundit because, apparently, they were unable to find a “safe and suitable venue” for her to express her opinions.

As if any space on the planet would be “safe” enough for these tyrannical social justice warriors.

However, Young America’s Foundation, the group that is organizing and sponsoring the lecture, is planning on proceeding with event anyway, and streaming it live on their website.

For her part, Coulter told The Hollywood Reporter, “Yes, it was officially banned. But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights. If that’s banned, then no conservative can speak. Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell emailed the following to student organizers on Wednesday:

“Given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues.”

The Examiner reports that Coulter had agreed to all sorts of odd stipulations on the part of the Berkeley snowflakes, including an afternoon speech delivery, allowing only students to attend, and a location that would only be disclosed shortly before the speech.

In return, Coulter asked for only two things:

1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
As Coulter explained, “If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it.”

 

Nevertheless, the university is banning her speech. YAF’s statement to press reads: “The university, and U-C chancellor Janet Napolitano personally, have revealed themselves to be using taxpayer money for an unconstitutional purpose. Even after Coulter went along with their ruses and guises to shut down her speech, they simply announced, like Kim Jung Un, that it was cancelled.”

It is unclear where on campus the event will be held, but it is still scheduled for April 27.

“I’m giving a speech,” said Coulter. “Speech will go on.”

Appearing on Tucker Carlson tonight Wednesday night, Coulter was just as adamant about keeping her scheduled appearance, asking, “What are they going to do, arrest me? Throw me in the Birmingham jail?”

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