Ann Coulter is determined to speak at the University of California-Berkeley on the day she was scheduled — and many are saying she should have an Army National Guard escort if the threat of violence from the left can’t be controlled by the university.
According to The Washington Post, problems began when the university canceled the conservative commentator’s April 27 appearance. The university quickly backtracked after national criticism and said it would reschedule for May 2, saying they had located a safe venue.
Coulter refused, citing her own schedule and the fact that May 2 was during a reading period at Berkeley, a time in which fewer students would be on campus. While the national Young America’s Foundation has tried to find her a space off-campus to give her speech on April 27, the Berkeley College Republicans — which had initially invited her — threatened to file a lawsuit against the school.
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In a four-page letter, the group demanded the university find a venue close to the center of campus and provide appropriate security or “we will seek relief in federal court, including claims for injunctive relief and damages.”
Berkeley has been the site of several incidents of violence against conservatives, most notably at a speech by commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. According to Breitbart, there’s now a movement afoot among conservative pundits to have President Donald Trump put an end to that by dispatching the National Guard to ensure her safety — something that hearkens back to the days of school desegregation.
President Donald Trump “should send his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in there to walk Ann Coulter onto the Berkeley campus so she can give her speech,” conservative radio talk show star Mark Levin said on his show Wednesday. “Either we have a Constitution, or we don’t!”
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California Political News blogger Richard Eber agrees.
“Are we to continue to accept the words of UC spokesman Dan Mogulof who commented ‘It has nothing to do with anyone’s political views? We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment. But we also have an unqualified focus on (the) safety of our students,'” Eber wrote.
“Baloney! If such logic were used during the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks would still be standing in the back of the bus. Lester Maddox would still be waving ax handles to keep African Americans from eating at his lunch counter. Martin Luther King would have been forced to cancel his “I Have A Dream” oration because of security considerations.”
That’s what’s truly sad here. We’re living in a day and age where the same tactics used against George Wallace standing in the doorway of the University of Alabama or to protect the Little Rock Nine from hyperatavistic segregationists are being suggested as necessary to ensure that a conservative can speak freely at a state university.
It’s not just the left that ought to be ashamed of countenancing this violence. One wonders how administrators like Mr. Mogulof and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks — who said he supported the cancellation because of “very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker, attendees and those who may wish to lawfully protest the event” — look in the mirror every new morning and feel good about themselves and the job they’re doing.
These men and women are in charge of a university that claims to be the birthplace of the free speech movement back in the 1960s. Now, not only do they freely admit that they can’t protect the physical safety of their own students because of their political beliefs, they don’t seem to be in any particular hurry to do anything about it.
Back during the Yiannopoulos riot, President Trump threatened to yank Berkeley’s federal funding if they couldn’t protect free speech on their campus. Personally, I would be happy enough to merely see pusillanimous violence-enablers like Mogulof and Dirks yanked — and replaced by individuals with ethics, conviction, and common sense.
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