Ann Coulter: I Won't Speak at UC Berkeley After All
She backs out after two groups pull sponsorship
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2017 1:48 PM CDT
In this Feb. 12, 2011 file photo, Ann Coulter waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – And it's off ... again. Ann Coulter says she is canceling a speech at UC Berkeley that had been planned for Thursday. The move comes after Coulter was initially angry at Berkeley for canceling the speech because it said a "protectable venue" was not available, then still angry at the California university after it offered her a different speaking date. She said she was determined to keep the original date despite the security concerns, but she now tells Reuters that two conservative groups who were originally sponsoring her speech have backed out. "I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team," she wrote, adding that she may still visit the campus Thursday.

The two sponsors of the event, Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation, filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the university of unconstitutionally censoring conservative speech by refusing to make certain buildings available for the speech and refusing to provide appropriate security measures, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. On Tuesday, Young America's Foundation said in a statement that because the university had not assured the group that campus police would protect attendees from violent protests if they arose, it could not sponsor Coulter's speech. Berkeley denied that charge.

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