Free speech took a huge blow on Wednesday after conservative writer and pundit Ann Coulter withdrew from giving a speech at University of California-Berkeley.
It was reported on Tuesday from the Washington Examiner that Coulter’s main sponsor, Young America’s Foundation, would be pulling its support over safety concerns to its staff and students.
Coulter told the New York Times on Wednesday, “It’s a sad day for free speech.”
According to local law enforcement sources, if Coulter were to speak at Berkeley, there would be a “99 percent” chance of violence breaking out.
The Berkeley College Republicans, the group which initially invited Coulter to speak, withdrew their support indicating that the environment was just too hostile. Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a condemnatory note to students and faculty on campus, criticizing the lack of concern for student safety.
“Sadly and unfortunately, concern for student safety seems to be in short supply in certain quarters,” Dirks said. “This is a university, not a battlefield.”
He continued. “We must make every effort to hold events at a time and location that maximizes the chances that First Amendment rights can be successfully exercised and that community members can be protected.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, who was infamously shut down and chased off campus in February, announced this past week his intention to return to campus to hold a multi-day event. Considering the reception he had last time, many are already expecting waves of protests and riots to occur.