"I AM speaking", she proclaimed in an email to WND.
Due to threats of violence from leftist groups, the University of California-Berkeley has canceled Ann Coulter's speech scheduled for later this month. "They can't stop me", Coulter told the Hollywood Reporter.
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. "There are several locations we have secured and are making sure are safe before we commit to those locations", Tahmas said. In response, UC-Berkeley made a decision to cancel the event completely.
Berkeley officials said that they were not canceling Coulter's appearance because of her controversial views. But the school, which prides itself on being open to free speech regardless of viewpoint, said the event can not be held on campus because of the potential for violent protests between groups that support Coulter and those that disagree with her.
Coulter said in an email to The Washington Post on Wednesday that the university had been trying to force her to cancel her speech by "imposing ridiculous demands" on her but that she still agreed "to all of their silly requirements".
"Did UCPD's concerns grow in the wake of what happened Saturday?" said Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman.
According to Young America's Foundation, student organizers of an upcoming Ann Coulter event at the university were emailed by Berkeley administrators who claimed they were unable to "find a safe suitable venue" for Coulter. We therefore must now work together to reschedule her appearance for a later date. "This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only", the post reads. We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment.
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. He spoke there last night, amid protests that grew violent. It noted that "most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work".
The letter said the school was taking extra precautions after violence that accompanied conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos' February appearance as well as recent riots in the city of Berkeley.
We realize that this is disappointing news, but the good news is that UCPD and Student Affairs remain firmly committed to working with you to find an alternative time and date for Ms. Coulter to come speak here at Berkeley.