Conservative author Ann Coulter was scheduled to deliver a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley today; however, last week, the university cancelled the event due to safety concerns.
Coulter, naturally, was not pleased with Berkeley’s decision. Shortly after the announcement of the cancellation was made, she told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that it was unconstitutional for the tax-payer funded university to not let her speak and that she was going to show up anyways.
Coulter has certainly received plenty of support from her conservative cohorts regarding the cancellation of her lecture. The students who originally invited Coulter to speak have even filed a lawsuit against Berkeley for taking away the opportunity.
Our lawsuit against Berkeley was just filed. Demands appropriate & safe venue for my speech THIS THURSDAY + damages https://t.co/I9fvYdDwBU
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 24, 2017
However, it is not only Republicans who think that Coulter should be able to speak.
On Monday, during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said that she thinks Coulter should be allowed to deliver her lecture, and if people don’t want to hear what she has to say, they should just not show up.
‘My view is, let her speak and just don’t show up. If you don’t like it, don’t show up.’
Warren certainly doesn’t support Coulter or her wildly conservative agenda. However, the Massachusetts Senator also explained that, by denying Coulter the opportunity to speak, Berkeley has just drawn more attention to her and given her “a bigger platform” to share her troubling ideals.
‘You know, look, Ann Coulter has gotten a bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak.’
Warren shared her opinion on the Coulter situation after Tapper asked her if she agreed with former Vermont Governor and former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, who recently made headlines when he argued on Twitter that Berkeley was right to cancel Coulter’s lecture. He told his Twitter followers, “Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment.”
Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. https://t.co/DOct3xcLoY
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 21, 2017
Warren’s response made it clear that she is not on board with Dean, who has been raked over the coals for his incorrect tweet, even getting a thorough fact-checking from PolitiFact.
Watch Warren explain her feelings about Coulter in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.