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Ann Coulter Berkeley Speech Canceled – She's Going Anyway

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Ann Coulter at the Conservative Political Action Conference. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

By Clyde Hughes   |   Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 06:56 AM

An Ann Coulter speech at Berkeley set for next week has been canceled by college officials over security concerns, but the conservative firebrand said she will still be going to the University of California campus anyway.

The university's vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton informed two student groups, Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, via email on Wednesday that Coulter's speech was off until at least September, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter," said the email, per the Chronicle. "In the wake of events surrounding the planned appearance by (conservative) Milo Yiannopoulos in February, as well as several riots which have occurred in recent weeks in the city of Berkeley, we have increased our scrutiny regarding the time and location of high-profile speakers so that these events can go forward unimpeded."

The university was forced to cancel Yiannopoulous' speech after about 150 masked protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police that sparked fires, along with fireworks and rocks, reported CNN. They also smashed the windows of the campus's student union, causing overall damage totaling $100,000.

In a series of Twitter posts late Wednesday, though, Coulter defiantly said she will appear and make her speech.

Spencer Brown, spokesman for Young America's Foundation, which is paying $17,000 of Coulter's $20,000 speaker's fee, told the Chronicle that her speech will go on.

"We are pursuing all remedies available," Brown told the newspaper, accusing California, Berkely of anti-conservative bias.

Liberal student protesters charged, according to the Chronicle, that they have a right to shut down hate speech they accuse Coulter of engaging in.

In an interview Wednesday night with Fox News's Tucker Carlson, Coulter confirmed that she will appear in Berkeley on April 27. She called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the cancelation since she was "unconstitutionally banned" to speak there.

"What are they going to do? Arrest me?" she asked Carlson.

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