Berkeley reverses decision to cancel Ann Coulter speech


University of California Berkeley has reversed its decision to cancel a speech from conservative commentator Ann Coulter, proposing a different day and venue.

After initially cancelling the author’s planned talk over security concerns, the university changed course Thursday after officials say they found an “appropriate, protectable venue.” 

Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks issued a statement defending the university’s “unwavering commitment to the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

In the statement, Dirks also confirmed that he instructed university officials to look for a new venue for Coulter after she vowed to come to the school as planned on April 27 and deliver her speech. 

“Ms. Coulter’s announcement that she intends to come to this campus on April 27 without regard for the fact that we don’t have a protectable venue available on that date is of grave concern,” Dirks wrote. “Fortunately, that expanded search identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2.”

Dirks went on to warn that local police had received “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.”

Coulter, however, is skeptical. On Twitter, she blasted the university’s response. 

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