Ann Coulter had to cancel her stop to UC Berkley for fears over violent protests and clashes, similar to the ones that plagued MILO when he was supposed to speak there.
She said in a series of tweets: “I’m so sorry Berkeley cancelled my speech. I’m so sorry YAF acquiesced in the cancelation. And I’m so sorry for free speech crushed by thugs.”
This comes after Berkley had riots that damaged a large amount of property and had to cancel conservative speaker Milo’s speech. Last week too, Berkley had riots with Antifa thugs clashing with pro-Trump supporters that resulted in injuries and arrests.
The Daily Mail has more:
Coulter, one of the best-known conservative commentators in the United States, had been scheduled to give a speech critical of pro-immigration policies on Thursday. She said she may nonetheless still visit the campus that day.
Last week, Berkeley officials said there was no safe venue at the campus on that date. They cited violent demonstrations by left-wing demonstrators in February hours before another right-wing media figure, Milo Yiannopoulos, was scheduled to speak.
Berkeley proposed that Coulter speak on May 2, but Coulter said she could not make that date and accused the school of an effort to limit her audience, noting that it fell in a study week ahead of final exams.
Just last week, violent protests erupted at the school between more than 200 Trump supporters and detractors, which led to the arrests of at least 21 people.
The clash escalated when protestors threw stones, lit fires, and tossed explosives and tear gas.
On Tuesday, the Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans, which had organized the speech, sued university officials, accusing the public university of suppressing conservative speakers’ rights to free speech.
Later that day, Young America’s Foundation said in a statement it could no longer sponsor the speech, blaming Berkeley officials.