Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter had planned to deliver a speech at the alleged “home of free speech” in Berkeley, California, on Thursday, which was met with fierce resistance from the so-called “anti-fascists” group Antifa.
Ever since Coulter announced her plans to speak at Berkeley College, the school has made it all but impossible for her to speak. First the moved the goalposts and put in place ridiculous restrictions, and when she refused to relent, they gave police a stand down order should violence break out.
As a result, the Young America’s Foundation group was forced to pull their support of the event, which in turn forced Coulter to cancel her planned speech out of fear for her own safety.
In other words, UC Berkeley is fully supporting the fascist liberals shutting down free speech.
From Breitbart News:
Fox Business reports that Coulter has chosen not to ago ahead with her speech at UC Berkeley which was planned for this week. The conservative author caused waves across the college campus when her event was announced and received opposition from the UC Berkeley administration, which at one point banned Coulter, although this ban was later rolled back.
Law enforcement sources warned Fox News that there was a “99% chance” of violence on the campus of UC Berkeley if Coulter went ahead with her speech. The Young America’s Foundation group was also forced to pull their support of Coulter’s talk due to security concerns, the group blamed the college administration for allowing left-wing radicals to terrorize conservatives on campus.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 26, 2017
In a statement about the incident, Berkeley administrators said they didn’t want the campus to be a “battlefield,” yet mentioned nothing of the brown shirts in black masks who turned it into one.
From the L.A. Times:
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks released a public statement Wednesday that attributed the risk of mayhem and free speech challenges “to outside groups.”
“This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the statement. “The strategies necessary to address these evolving threats are also evolving, but the simplistic view of some — that our police department can simply step in and stop violent confrontations whenever they occur — ignores reality.”
The chancellor said that despite the threats, “we have, and will remain, ready to welcome her to campus, and assume the risks, challenges and expenses that will attend her visit. That is demanded by our commitment to free speech. What we will not do is allow our students, other members of the campus community, and the public to be needlessly endangered by permitting an event to be held in a venue that our police force does not believe to be protectable.”
You can read the chancellor’s full statement here.
However, despite the chancellor’s alleged commitment to free speech, the Young America’s Foundation said that Berkeley police were told not to interfere if the Antifa thugs became violent.
From Breitbart News:
“When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event,” the group declared in a blog post on Tuesday. “In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official ‘stand-down’ policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence.”
So that’s the reality of the situation. The far-left administrators at the far-left school are enabling far-left fascists to terrorize and injure anybody with whom they disagree, yet the media doesn’t seem to want to report this vital detail.
That doesn’t exactly sound like they embrace free speech to me. Does it you?