On Wednesday, the University of California, Berkeley canceled a lecture that was supposed to be delivered by conservative author Ann Coulter.
In an email to the Washington Examiner, Young America’s Foundation, which was sponsoring Coulter’s lecture, said that the event had been canceled because they were not able to find a “safe and suitable venue.”
‘Given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues.’
Despite the event being cancelled, Coulter told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night that she plans to show up anyways. After Carlson criticized the university’s decision as an attack on the First Amendment, Coulter said:
‘And by the way, I am giving the speech. I don’t know, what are they going to do? Arrest me?’ ‘I’m definitely giving the speech, I was invited to give the speech.’
Coulter and Carlson continued to ride the “free speech” wave throughout the interview, saying that it was unconstitutional for her speech at a “taxpayer-funded institution” to be cancelled. Coulter even went so far as to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “should be looking into this.”
Coulter also said that she thought the cancellation of her speech was the result of protests from faculty and administration, rather than liberal students.
The fear of potentially violent reactions to Coulter’s lecture presumably come from the fact that all out riots occurred when former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to deliver an address on Berkeley’s campus.
Coulter addressed this during her interview Carlson, saying she understands, but that she’s “not Milo,” but is a “twelve-time New York Times bestselling author.”
When Carlson asked Coulter about the grounds on which the university chose to cancel her lecture, Coulter responded, “Lots of words, words, words, words.” She then added that she “called their bluff” because she had agreed to all of the university’s requirements beforehand.
At the end of the interview, Coulter told Carlson that she would be showing up on the same day that the event was originally scheduled — April 27.
‘I’m definitely speaking next Thursday at Berkeley.’
Watch a clip from Carlson’s show in the video below, via Fox News.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.