Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter was forced to pull out of a planned speech at UC Berkeley last week when campus security said they could not guarantee her safety.
Coulter’s speech was the subject of much controversy in recent weeks in the light of the leftist riots that shut down another UC Berkeley speaker – Milo Yiannopoulos, formerly of Breitbart News. The university drew scorn from conservatives when they said Coulter could not speak on campus due to security concerns. After a wave of public pressure, they went back on that stance and re-invited Coulter to speak.
However, when local law enforcement officials warned that there was a “99% chance” of a violent outbreak on the campus if Coulter went forward with her speech, her financial backers – The Young America’s Foundation – pulled their support and left the conservative dangling in the wind by herself.
Since neither the university nor her backers were willing to provide for her security, Coulter was left with only two choices: Submit to the nearly inevitable violence of the “Anti-fascist” groups or cancel the speech. Like any sensible person, she chose to fight another day.
“There will be no speech,” Coulter told Reuters on Wednesday. “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team. I have no sponsor, no lawyer, no court order. I can’t vindicate constitutional rights on my own. I was just supposed to give the speech.”
The campus Republicans who invited Coulter to speak claimed they could not stand behind the event with Berkeley Police saying there was nothing they could do to prevent a riot.
This disturbing turn of events even attracted the attention of the ACLU, which typically goes to great lengths to avoid sticking up for conservatives.
“The heckler’s veto of Coulter’s Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment. We must protect speech on campus, even when hateful,” the group said on Twitter.
In an interview that evening with Sean Hannity, Coulter said she was more irate at the Republicans who backed away – and the Republican Party as a whole – than she was at the violent liberals.
“I think the GOP should change their motto to ‘Next Time,’” she said. “We’ll fight this next time. We’ll show them how good we are this time. When it comes to judges, Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets — you may Google it — about 98 votes from the Republicans, and Clarence Thomas, 52. Gorsuch barely slips through.
“You have Donald Trump. He gives away DACA, and then he doesn’t get the wall,” she continued. “Well, that’ll show ’em how good he is. What a good humanitarian, by saying what a big heart he has for those DREAMers, the illegal aliens he promised to deport. Next time we’ll get them. And now we have YAF saying, well, we’re going to strike a blow for the next speaker at Berkeley. No, I want to win now. Can Republicans ever win now?”
Just IMAGINE if liberal speakers were being shut down under fear of violence coming from Trump supporters. You would have front-page, 60-point headlines in every newspaper in the country. Every Democrat in the nation would have something to say about it. There would be an emergency session at the UN to discuss to deterioration of liberty in the United States.
But when it’s the other way around, we get a few, halfhearted, “yeah, it’s wrong, but whatcha gonna do…” comments from liberals and then we all move on. After all, it’s just Ann Coulter, that hateful right-wing witch. How upset are we supposed to get?
Every time this happens, these violent liberals are emboldened. Make no mistake, we’re headed for real trouble.