Ann Coulter Furious After Berkeley Reschedules Speech

She vows to come to campus on original date
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2017 4:16 AM CDT
Berkeley Says Ann Coulter Can Talk ... on Different Day
"I'm speaking at Berkeley on April 27th, as I was invited to do and have a contract to do," Coulter tweeted.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Ann Coulter can speak at the University of California-Berkeley after all, the university says—but the different date it has proposed is nowhere near good enough. After Berkeley, which said it called off her April 27 speech due to security concerns, issued a press release saying she had been offered a slot on May 2, Coulter slammed the university in a series of tweets, the Hill reports. The conservative author complained "burdensome conditions" were being put on her constitutional right to speak, likened Berkeley to a "Southern sheriff" trying to stop black people from voting, and vowed to speak on the original date.

Coulter's vow to come to campus April 27 "without regard for the fact that we don’t have a protectable venue available on that date is of grave concern," Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in Berkeley's statement, adding that he asked for an expanded search, which "identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2." Officials worry the Coulter speech will become the latest Berkeley clash between far-left and far-right activists. "It feels like we've become the OK Corral for the Hatfield and McCoys of the right and left," Dan Mogulof, the university's assistant vice chancellor for public affairs, tells the Washington Post. "We're the venue for these showdowns taking place." (More Ann Coulter stories.)

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