In a classic case of spineless flip-flopping, UC Berkeley administrators have decided to re-invite conservative firebrand Ann Coulter to speak on their campus after rescinding her invitation amid alleged security fears. Now, though, Coulter faces a new roadblock: Berkeley wants to postpone her speech scheduled for April 27 to May 2, after classes are finished for the semester.
Coulter took to twitter to air her grievances about the last-minute shuffle and to once again show defiance against Berkeley’s sketchy treatment.
“In addition to facts: We’ve already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can’t do May 2…THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!” she wrote on Friday, leaning on the shift button for emphasis. May 2 falls within the “reading/review/recitation period” that is traditionally reserved for students to buckle down and study for final exams.
On Wednesday morning, school administrators informed Coulter via email that her upcoming speech had been canceled, citing fears that they would not be able to ensure the safety of her or her audience. The news came after Coulter had already agreed to jump through multiple hoops set up by Berkeley in a likely effort to dissuade her from coming.
Despite the setback, Coulter decided to give her speech anyway, quipping to Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson later in the day: “What are they going to do, arrest me?”
Then on Thursday, Coulter sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity and blasted the Berkeley police, who have been accused by free speech advocates across the country for enabling violent demonstrations like the one that sidetracked Milo Yiannopoulos’s February speech.
“They are enabling the fascist thugs showing up with weapons and wearing masks,” she said. “It’s against the law to conspire to violate someone’s constitutional rights wearing a mask… It’s quite shocking how the police are conspiring with fascist thugs, how the Berkeley administration is conspiring with fascist thugs.”