Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27th event featuring Ann Coulter", Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and student affairs Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton wrote to the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday.

Coulter has fired off an angry stream of tweets including one in all capital letters saying, "I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY". 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.

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.

"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said.

News organizations obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

Berkeley is still reeling from a violent protest that erupted on April 15 when supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump clashed.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said concern about security during the event mounted last week after posters appeared on the walls of campus buildings threatening disruptions.

Mogulof said the university hoped to be able to reschedule Coulter's appearance sometime in September, after identifying an appropriate venue and working out security arrangements. "Ann Coulter will speak at UC Berkeley whether Berkeley likes it or not", Young America's Foundation spokesperson Spencer Brown said. The groups putting on the event are not sharing where Coulter will speak, but said they are looking at several locations, including on campus. She called claims of the university trying to set up an alternate date "FAKE NEWS!" The administration pointed to the radical left's riots outside a lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos as the main reason why it wasn't "safe" to hold the Horowitz and Coulter lectures on campus.

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