(NationalSentinel) Free Speech: Police at the University of California-Berkeley have laid down odds of violence if conservative author, pundit and columnist Ann Coulter speaks on campus, as she is planning to do: 99 percent.
As reported by Breitbart News, cops are obviously worried that they won’t be able to protect her if she does decide to show up and give her speech – which she has said she will do.
What’s more, it doesn’t appear likely that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is ready to lift one finger to help protect her, despite the fact that he has every responsibility to do just that, given the hyper-polarized political environment that exists in his state, thanks to his party.
Once known as the home of the Free Speech Movement, UC Berkeley has become a virtual no-go zone for conservative speakers, from libertarian entrepreneur Peter Thiel (chased offstage by a mob in 2014), to gay conservative writer Milo Yiannopolous (shut down by riots in February). Berkeley administrators and police have refused to intervene to stop students and off-campus activists, and to protect the exercise of First Amendment rights.
Coulter was invited to speak by the Berkeley College Republicans, Young America’s Foundation (YAF), and a student dialogue group called BridgeCal. The event was set for April 27, but the UC Berkeley administration canceled the event. It offered alternative dates, ostensibly because they would be more manageable from a security standpoint. But Coulter refused to bow to the “heckler’s veto” — or, more accurately, “rioter’s veto” — over when she would speak.
Now, Coulter is planning to show up on campus Thursday regardless. She is expected to speak outdoors in Sproul Plaza, which is a designated free speech area on campus, and the site of the 1964 demonstrations that launched the Free Speech Movement. (No time has yet been set for the speech.) Fox reports that police are bracing for riots by leftists, anarchists, and so-called “anti-fascist” activists, whether or not Coulter actually appears on campus and tries to speak.
Coulter is taking a very big risk here, and while we applaud her courage and commitment to the Constitution, we don’t want this to turn into a suicide mission because it doesn’t appear she’s going to get much help from the real fascists who run the school and the city government.
3:15 pm EDT Update: Breitbart News is reporting that the university, fearing it cannot protect Coulter, has once again canceled her speech.