After a long fight, it’s official. Ann Coulter will not be speaking at the University of California, Berkeley.
The American Civil Liberties Union defended Coulter after cancelling her speech.
The heckler’s veto of Coulter's Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment. We must protect speech on campus, even when hateful.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 26, 2017
Coulter told Reuters, “There will be no speech. I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team.”
She spoke to The New York Times as well.
“It’s a sad day for free speech. Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away.”
Young America’s Foundation was the group the sponsored Coulter’s planned speech. They gave an explanation for why they scrapped the event.
“Berkeley made it impossible to hold a lecture due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators.
“Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.”
They also noted the school police’s “stand-down” policy as another reason for the cancellation.
The Berkeley College Republicans also chimed in on their fears over the event.
It really is a sad day for freedom of speech.