Following controversy surrounding Ann Coulter’s planned speech at UC Berkeley, Wednesday it was announced that the Conservative commentator has made the decision to cancel her event due to concerns of violent protests and a lack of support.
As reported by Reuters, the announcement came to the media outlet via Email and stated that following the dispute with University of California’s Berkeley officials, two conservative groups involved with the event have officially withdrawn their support.
“There will be no speech,” she wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday, saying two conservative groups sponsoring her speech were no longer supporting her. “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team,” she wrote.
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Coulter, YAF — which had helped organize and finance the event — and the Berkeley College Republicans initially fought the school’s decision, with YAF and the college republicans filing a civil rights lawsuit on Monday. But by Wednesday YAF had “actively” opposed Coulter’s speech, she said, and “ordered the lawyer not [to] file for [a] court order” which would have mandated a room for the talk. The college republicans are bound by YAF’s decision, Coulter said, “so there’s nothing more I can do.”
“Ms. Coulter may still choose to speak in some form on campus, but Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the statement said.
Following the announcement that Coulter was cancelling her speech, she additionally stated that “I think I’m still going to Berkeley.”
We will continue to update as new details surface.