CALIFORNIA: Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech After Sponsors Back Out Over Fears Of Violence

The New York Times reports:

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she is canceling her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance. Ms. Coulter, in a message to The New York Times, said, “It’s a sad day for free speech.”

Despite insisting that she would go to Berkeley regardless — even after the university said it could not accommodate her on the date and time it had initially scheduled her because of threats of violence — Ms. Coulter said she did not see how she could go forward. The school said she could speak only at a later date and an earlier time of day, when there were likely to be fewer students on campus and less of a likelihood for violent outbreaks.

Late on Tuesday, the conservative group that was helping Ms. Coulter in her legal efforts to force Berkeley to host her, Young America’s Foundation, said it could no longer participate. “Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the group said.

More from the Los Angeles Times:

A UC Berkeley spokesman said the campus had received no word on Coulter’s plans — either from her or from those groups who offered to host her visit. “The threats she mentions in her new message to the New York Times are the exact reason we want her to come on a day when a protectable venue is available,” said spokesman Dan Mogulof. “We have always been concerned for her safety.”

On the heels of three violent clashes this year between extreme left and right groups, administrators sought at first to cancel, then delay Coulter’s appearance. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks released a public statement Wednesday that attributed the risk of mayhem and free speech challenges “to outside groups.”

“This is a University, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the statement. “The strategies necessary to address these evolving threats are also evolving, but the simplistic view of some — that our police department can simply step in and stop violent confrontations whenever they occur — ignores reality.”

Earlier this month a right wing group, backed by self-professed Nazis and white supremacists, held a pro-Trump rally in Berkeley where violent clashes with anti-fascist protesters resulted. Exactly as had been planned.

  • bkmn

    You know who else is sad Ann isn’t going to scam more money off of idiots?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6342bd3bed6eab056a2294387d3924b2afe57b0e3e9580f4b717a27b87b6f506.jpg
    But he is the only one.

    • safari

      Was that photo taken on tax day?

      • I can’t believe I used to think he was doable.

        • Todd20036

          He opened his mouth.
          Same problem with Schott.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    You have a right to free speech, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to facilitate your barf.

  • David Walker

    Sorry, Annie, but I still think Dan Savage has the sexier Adam’s apple. It’s just, you know, true.

  • penpal

    First of all: GOOD. Liberals are at their most effective when they’re angry.

    Secondly: free speech? LOL. I see con-servatives still haven’t figured out what it means.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Poor Ann.

    I wonder if she can see Stockton from that cross she nailed herself to.

    • She did? Will the stigmata heal? This I have to see! St. Anne of the incurable Stigmata! Bill Maher was raised a Catholic and maybe he can feature her on his show dressed as a Nun— and he as a Dominican Friar! this will be a riot!

  • She has every right to speak. But who is going to compensate the University of California and City of Berkeley if rioters end up destroying several square blocks of property, in outrage, and engulf the place in flames? Public safety — and the cost of police — has to be taken into account. It is frankly too bad if her speech is too inflammatory, and no one can force the taxpayers of the State and municipalities involved to cover that expense. She should understand this as a fiscal conservative and an old time Republican.

    • Piet

      Republicans are immune from fiscal responsibility resulting from their actions. They certainly don’t mind dynamiting the economy, but they always get out before the dust settles. She’s not an author, she’s a professional provocator, and the more damage is visibly done the better she would feel she has done her work.

  • Kevin Perez

    Isn’t he too busy suing people who have implied that he’s trans?

  • And again… The more freedom you have, the less security you have.
    The more security you have, the less freedom you have.
    She is still free to speak, but she is not guarded from all opposing voices.

    • RoFaWh

      Wasn’t it Ben Franklin who remarked about the tradeoff between security and freedom?

    • thom

      Violence and threats are not opposing voices. They are violence and threats

      • Boreal

        She is free to find a venue to foment hate from but the taxpayers should not pay for it or the security needed for it.

        • thom

          She was invited to speak there. Only way to protect taxpayers from having someone controversial/offensive speaking and thereby spending our money on security is to ban all speakers on public campuses.
          If the taxpayers can support extra money to provide security for PissChrist then we can swallow our pride and deal with Ann Fuckin Coulter

          • Boreal

            Her speech is intended to incite hate. I have yet to hear her say anything that wasn’t.
            Brandenburg v. Ohio

          • thom

            Bullshit. She is a second rate comedianne who does performance art. Nothing she has said rises to the level of incitement.

          • Boreal

            Bullshit back at you. Everything she says is hateful. If you feel so strongly about her security then break out your credit card and pay for the extra security so she can speak.

          • The_Wretched

            there’s plenty of ‘incitement’ that’s normal english that doesn’t meet the legally disfavored tort or crime of ‘incitement’. Playing word games is dramatically non compelling argumentation.

          • thom

            Its all that matters when talking about constitutional rights and public universities responsabilities

          • The_Wretched

            Only if you’re a black/white reductionist. I am not. Most of the people here are not. The law certainly isn’t.

          • thom

            Yeah, you’re probably right.
            I just get really uneasy about limiting offensive rhetoric in any way

          • Boreal

            Who was PissChrist advocating hate against?

          • The_Wretched

            Why should a university have to spend 50x the usual amount for a single speaker? One who calls for violence and has bully boys on stand by?

      • CottonBlimp

        Do you think a university should invite and pay speakers to encourage violence against their students?

        • thom

          Who is doing that?

          • CottonBlimp

            Milo, Coulter, every other right wing shockjock snowflake?

          • thom

            They arent encouraging anyone to commit violence against students.
            Or, if you believe that their public statements are threats then you have set an insanely low bar for incitement. One that many ppl on both sides often cross.
            She is largely irrelevant. So is Milo.

          • CottonBlimp

            Milo has actually targeted specific college students for harrassment.

            Yiannopoulos said while a photo of Kramer was projected on stage for audience ridicule: “He got into the women’s room the way liberals always operate, using the government and the courts to weasel their way where they don’t belong.” Title IX “is used to put men into women’s bathrooms. I have known some passing trannies in my life. Trannies . . . you’re not allowed to say that. I’ve known some passing trannies, which is to say transgender people who pass as the gender they would like to be considered.”

            He added that he didn’t find Kramer “passable” enough. “The way that you know he’s failing is I’d almost still bang him,” Yiannopoulos said to audience laughter. Kramer herself was in the audience.

            http://www.salon.com/2016/12/19/trolling-in-the-name-of-free-speech-how-milo-yiannopoulos-built-an-empire-off-violent-harassment/

  • geoffalnutt

    Please. She’s been inciting violence since 1926. It’s what she does.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Let the conservative victim tour begin again… those mean libtards!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Free speech does not = Free Screech

  • David Walker

    Life’s a bitch, Annie, and so are you. Live with it. All by yourself. Alone.

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  • Rick Jackson

    A sad day for free speech? Did someone actually get Anne to shut up. Of course not, she is free to say whatever she wants to say, and she is free to live with the consequences. Does she think free speech means no consequences for her behavior?

    • David Walker

      Yes. As do most of them.

  • BobSF_94117

    The school said she could speak only at a later date and an earlier time
    of day, when there were likely to be fewer students on campus and less
    of a likelihood for violent outbreaks.

    I think people are getting this timing thing wrong. The university wants to avoid times of day when 1) it’s dark and 2) more NON-students are on campus. The violence has certainly included some students, but it’s mostly outsiders, right and left and anarchist, who engage in violence.

  • RoFaWh

    “Author and columnist”???

    How about “Chronic Liar and Fantasist”?

    • David Walker

      Annie Snowflake?

    • Boreal

      You spelled fascist wrong.

  • justme

    when all you sell is hate and lies…

    • David Walker

      As Tom Lehrer observed, “What you get out of the sewer depends on what you put in.”

      • Todd20036

        I spend lots of time in the sewer. Pigs love mud!

        • Mark Née Fuzz

          Eww. Don’t your knees get dirty?

          • Todd20036

            LOL

  • Sam_Handwich

    Why are people like Coulter and Milo even a thing on college campuses? They have no relevant academic credentials, no achievements in particular areas of study. They are just bloviating nazi clowns. Let them speak at a circus.

    • Macbill

      Even clowns should be allowed to speak, eventhough we know they spew nonsense.

      • The_Wretched

        And the clowns should bear the costs associated with their violent and hate filled speech. Coulter calls for violence at speeches, she should have to shoulder the costs of that.

    • safari

      Because they are invited by other nazi clowns that are on campus.

      • Mark

        ya gotta feel bad for any ‘group’ that clamors for Ann Coulter to speak. Really – they need to get out more often….

        • safari

          As I mentioned in a newer post, our campus had YAF — young americans for freedom. They had their gala the same night the LGBT groups had their ballroom giant sugar-fueled dance party. There were minor skirmishes since we were on the same floor of the campus union. Aside from some arguing, I think the worst that happened is some from the LGBT group put pamphlets or condoms in their programs when they weren’t staffing their table.

          • Steverino

            Back in the day, I referred to them as Young American Fogies.

            Nowadays, I suppose Young American Fascists might be more appropriate.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        I wouldn’t at all be surprised if most of it is orchestrated by Bannon.

        • pch1013

          Actually it’s the Kochs.

    • Boreal

      You librul elitist.

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Libtard commie pinko Obummer voter.

        • Marti386

          Shut up you whiny libpukes, before I beat both of you to death with my massive republican penis.

          It’s YUGE, I tell ya.

    • RickCabral

      Oh, leave the poor dummies alone. As though they had anything of substance to say!

    • another_steve

      Thank you, Sam. Here’s another one for you:

      Why does the LGBT blogosphere obsess over — devote space to — the rantings of mentally/emotionally disturbed bigots?

      • thom

        Yes! Preach

      • Dean Cameron

        Because they are funny… and dangerous.

    • MB

      Why, Sammy ?

      Self-loathing college Rethuglican fuckweasel homocons.

    • LovesIrony

      drudge’s hag is a big star for the haters second only to oxy taking death to drug addicts limpbaugh. She vomits out a book that consistently becomes a best seller, she appears on all networks and has withstood everything decent people have done and said to her including the condemnation for saying of 9/11 widows: “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.” There have always been and probably always will be people like her that enjoy stroking the fire of hate. What better person to cause uproar for the haters that feel empowered and I can’t think of a more explosive venue than Berkeley. Look more attention for her and them.

    • MonochromeMouse

      Have you never met a young conservative? They’re all emotionally stunted bullies who never matured past middle/highschool, they only like milo and coulter (they don’t deserve the respect that capitalizing their name gives) because they piss off everyone else so they see them as champions for their cause, if they didn’t actively try to piss people off the young conservatives would call them RINO cucks and hate them just as much as all the normal people do.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Ha ha! It took the “lack of making any money” to get rid of the evil reptile queen.
    Dollars over principles!!

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Who cares about why they’re protesting.

  • HZ81

    I was on the “Don’t ban Coulter train” until this came back from 2016:

    “Coulter: I’d like to see ‘a little more violence’ from Trump supporters”

    So, now Berkley can’t and shouldn’t have her. And yes, lefties shutting down free speech sucks, but a certain unsavory racist element our press calls the “poor, forgotten white workers of MI and WI” were organizing for violence.

    So, fuck her anyway.

    • Todd20036

      Oh HELL NO!!!

      • JWC

        Free speech yes but when it’s used as a Trojan horse and free speech become hate speech then NO It is a fine line to draw

        • Todd20036

          Actually, I was saying hell no to: So fuck her anyway.

          • JWC

            Oh Ok that too

        • thom

          Wtf is “hate speech”
          I dont think its a legal term since there is no law against it.

          • The_Wretched

            “Hate Speech” is a legal term. And while it’s not a stand alone law (usually, it can be), it’s a penalty enhancement that’s regular and normal. Most US universities also ban it on campus as a matter of the student handbook (effectively something like contract law but “in loco parentis” also applies).

            If you’re honest, you should drop this “no law against it” line. It’s far too simple and erases what’s a complicated issue.

          • JWC

            It’s a reason to be denied entry into Canada

    • safari

      Obligatory? “I F*cked Ann Coulter in the Ass, Hard” (NSFW text)
      http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2005/04/i_fucked_ann_co.html

    • David Walker

      And the whores she rode in on.

  • thom

    The fact that there would be probable violence at any time over a speech by Coulter is appalling and should be condemned.
    As the ACLU said just today, in response…
    “Hate is contrary to our core values, but we cannot limit speech.”
    https://t.co/FFX1N06HqR

    • another_steve

      Counter hateful speech with non-hateful speech.

      Never by suppressing speech.

      • thom

        Amen!

    • The_Wretched

      I’ll be more interested when the Coulter supporters aren’t pre-planning to have fights and vandalize.

  • Todd20036

    Berkeley has a right to free speech too.

    And it seems they’ve made their message loud and clear.

    Coultergeist can blab all she wants to at her fellow Nazis, but our side is done with reaching out to them.

    They just want to kill us, and we no longer negotiate with terrorists.

    • BobSF_94117

      Uh, no. Berkeley cannot pick and choose speech. Nor can it suppress speech. It’s a government school. Those rules were hard-won by the left decades ago.

      What Berkeley can do is expect an orderly, sensible and, sadly, security-conscious effort to schedule controversial speech. The student GOP group did almost everything they could to create this fiasco.

      • Boreal

        The student GOP group should pay for the additional security required if they want her to speak since her speech is intended to incite hate.
        Brandenburg v. Ohio

        • thom

          Only if every other group has to pay security for their guests. Effectively shutting down controversial speakers.
          Plus, pretty sure the university has liability in a court of law for safety

          • Boreal

            Every other group is not giving hate speeches.

          • thom

            You really ok with universities deciding what constitutes hate speech?
            Plus hate speech is not unlawful and it is protected

          • Boreal

            I don’t care if she screeches there, only that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay money to protect someone who willingly stirs the pot to incite hatred or violence. Let the young republicans who invited her foot the tab for additional security above and beyond what they would normally supply.

      • Todd20036

        They aren’t. They’re just unwilling to pay for additional security. No one is stopping the frail Nazi from speaking.

  • safari

    The only thing that can harm Ann are sunlight, kittens, and the laughter of children.

    • Boreal

      And Lysol.

    • Ya, that whole water or garlic thing was just a myth.

      • Todd20036

        That’s ok. Both have so MANY other uses.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Is speech protected by the 1st amendment when it is intended to incite violence?

    • thom

      Yes, if its not implicit

  • Adonisus

    Normally I would find this quite problematic if it weren’t for the fact that Coulter had already jumped onto the White Nationalist bandwagon a few months ago. So you know what? Fuck her.

  • Lars Littlefield

    A couple of things: 1. The University had decided to allow her to speak in an open area rather than an auditorium. 2. The girl is no fool. Sniper fire is a real threat. Also, there is the issue of insurance. I’m sure both sides, the University’s and Coulter’s, had to confront the problem of liability insurance if shit went down. I wouldn’t be surprised if the insurance issue alone makes it too expensive for any profits.

    • BobSF_94117

      An open area? Really? Scary. And bad for the birds.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        An open area with a grassy knoll !

      • Lars Littlefield

        Yup. An open area so more people could attend.

    • kareemachan

      A UC Berkeley spokesman said the campus had received no word on
      Coulter’s plans — either from her or from those groups who offered to
      host her visit. “The threats she mentions in her new message to the New
      York Times are the exact reason we want her to come on a day when a
      protectable venue is available,” said spokesman Dan Mogulof.

  • Cuberly
    • Todd20036

      He’s still adorable.

      • Cuberly

        Always had a crush on him. Cute and talented.

  • TJ

    Excellent! It’s long past time that conservative scumbags should be fearing for their lives.

    • thom

      Completely fucked up

  • Gigi

    Coulter says she’s being silenced yet she never shuts up.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    If anyone doubts the genuine danger these rightwing nut bags bring to our campuses, check out this story on the extensive injuries suffered by one victim when Milo came to campus.
    Title: Couple charged in shooting of protester at Milo Yiannopoulos event in Seattle
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/milo-yiannopoulos-event-shooting-couple-charged-seattle

  • Treant

    She’s that lonely little late March snowflake that falls, screaming “I’m a blizzard!” before melting on contact with anything even faintly warm.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Seems global warming does come with at least one silver lining.

      • Treant

        That and I can finally grow tropicals in my garden. In Pennsylvania.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          My indoor angel trumpet has a bad case of mites.
          I’ve been using Fungicide3, which also contains a miticide but with little luck.
          Any tips??

          • Treant

            Mites dislike soapy water, so you can spray that.

            Neem oil is another good indoor choice as it won’t hurt you. After that, you have to pull out the big guns, like any indoor-rated plant insecticide, to kill them.

            Generally, I have decent luck with the soapy water on my hibiscus, which occasionally picks up spider mites. I may have to do it several times, or add some neem to the mix, but…

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Thanks!
            Yes, these are spider mites.

  • Billy Green

    Oh, puh-leaz. This has absolutely nothing to do with free speech. It has to do with going to places where you know people disagree with you, and where you know the extreme right groups will come in from other states ready to stir up shit outside the speech and ensure that violence ensues. It’s all about manufacturing headlines and Fox New fodder, and absolutely nothing else.

  • Max_1

    Wait… Is that a tear?
    Nope, just melted Annie snowflake…
    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1538/24386342146_08255fd0d9_o.gif

  • Canadian Observer

    It must be Wednesday, Coulter is wrong again. It is not a sad day for free speech, it is a sad day for PAID speech. The important question is, did she have a clause in her contract requiring payment in the event of cancellation by the hosts of the event? If not, it is truly a sad day for Ann, likely to result in a few crocodile tears when she discovers there are no oats in her feed bag.

  • safari

    When I was a wee undergrad, our local conservative undergrad group Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) was labeled by the SPLC as a hate group. It had its own internal dictator issuing threats and the like to keep its members in line. I think the worst that happened, though, was that the fire alarm would get pulled when they’d invite one of their il-luminaries to yap for YAF.

  • Ninja0980

    I’m torn on this.
    I do think she is a vile horrible human being but I fear this will give her and her ilk more ammo to use in the future.

    • Boreal

      She was the one who cancelled however, so her cries of oppression will ring hollow.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Eh. She knows she’ll get more attention by canceling than by speaking.

  • Lazycrockett

    This press conference is just full of

    https://media.giphy.com/media/bPBi7hdnHGEBG/giphy.gif

    • safari

      A Spicer presser or are you talking about the big “we need to tell the senate we’re going to bomb North Korea” conference and raffle?

      • Lazycrockett

        Its the presser but its these goldman sachs pieces of shit talking bout this amazing tax cut.

        • safari

          On the drive in to work there was a guest on NPR saying how the tax cuts are supposed to raise $1TN in revenue despite the claim being walked back by whoever issued it in the first place. Our world is quite breathtaking today.

          • The_Wretched

            Just look to Kansas to see the ‘amazing economic growth’ that tax cuts bring. Mnuchin on NPR yesterday made that exact argument.

          • thom

            God, he is an idiot. I’m all about the big tent philosophy but he tests that theory

  • canoebum

    Free speech is not diminished one bit. She can stand out on any street corner and spew her hateful nonsense to her heart’s content.

    • Boreal

      Exactly. If the young republicans are so hell bent on having her speak then they can fund additional security for the campus.

    • Canadian Observer

      Very true, unfortunately (for Ann) she is not likely to be paid for spewing on a street corner. What is really bothering her is the loss of a business opportunity.

    • safari

      We have preachers on campus who do that. They are very distracting. It is even more distracting when they bring in two-story tall signs about the evils of abortion. Though I did giggle quite a bit when one preacher accused all masturbators of being gay.

      • The_Wretched

        Were that true, we’d need a club house big enough for everyone. Even the asexuals go a rubbin’ from time to time.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Happy happy happy.

      • edrex

        only the good masturbators are gay. the rest are rank amateurs.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Wait..I thought it was only a freedom of speech issue when us “libtards” didn’t want to hear your shit. But conservatives backed out this time. I am confused.

  • safari

    Oh, Ann: how does your garden grow?

    • Lars Littlefield

      You are referring, of course, to the various yeast cultures she harbors in her hoo haw?

      • safari

        Yes, but I wanted to wax poetic and leave it up to the reader to draw their own visuals.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Mea culpa.

  • The right to free speech does not include the right to a guarantee of corporate or political sponsorship for said speech.

    And as for why these conservative groups are pulling out? Just as Joe says, because violence and mayhem were planned. The far-right neo-Nazi / white nationalist groups are planning, just like the last time, to send their provocateurs to stir up trouble and try to start riots. Sadly, there are those on the far, far left — the revolutionaries and anarchists — who are happy to oblige.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Looks like somebody’s lawyer explained to them that their impending free speech lawsuit wasn’t going to fly.

  • Texndoc

    Always said ignoring is a better tool. From what I’ve read Milo plans to “resurrect” himself 5/5 (“Cinco de Milo”) and guess where he’s going to do it. Bill Maher devoted a segment of his show to Ann and got big applause for his line “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, now it’s the cradle of fucking babies”.

  • The_Wretched

    “Exactly as had been planned.”

    ^this

    The ‘alt-right’ shot their parents and are now claiming to be orphans. We saw the change to violence most clearly during Trump’s campaign rallies where a non-violent ‘leftist’ was assaulted out of the blue at least weekly.

  • Michael Hampton

    Someone please explain to that moron that a university does not have to pay her to speak. Them deciding not to do so in no way is preventing her from speaking. It is merely saving people from having to listen to her.

  • thom

    This is such bullshit. Before I write anything else, I need to state that I adore Dan Savage and loathe Coulter. But both are frequent college speakers and the colleges (and taxpayers) are responsible for their protection.
    Dan Savage once said about a Green party candidate, “should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope”.
    He also said “I wish the Republicans were all fucking dead.”
    Is that hate speech? Is it incitement to violence?
    We can handle Savage, we can handle Coulter. Our freedom of speech can embrace both of them

    • Boreal

      Who has blocked her freedom to speak (for money)? She cancelled because her backers pulled out. How is that our fault? She can go speak anywhere she likes.

    • kareemachan

      “We” didn’t tell her not to speak. Her sponsors backed out and she decided.

    • stevenj

      Has Savage ever needed security for his speaking engagements? In all the years I’ve lived across the Bay from Berkeley I don’t remember anyone needing security to speak at UC until the Milo/”trump patriots”/Coulter people came along.

  • The_Wretched

    I might be more interested in ‘free speech’ if Coulter (like Milo Yannoupisdownpolis) had content to her position. She doesn’t. It’s hate-trolling and nothing else.

    • thom

      So? We dont just protect speech that is thoughtful

      • Boreal

        How is her right to free speech infringed upon? She cancelled the speech.

        • thom

          They weren’t responding directly to this circumstance, but in free speech in general

          • Boreal

            This thread is about this circumstance and I don’t see where her first amendment rights were infringed upon.

          • thom

            Yep, but not the above comment

          • Boreal

            Perhaps you could start a GoFundMe for Ann for security.

          • The_Wretched

            I’m a he/him/his cis-male.

          • thom

            Cool.

      • The_Wretched

        “I want to kill you and your family pets, Thom”. <–this is a 'terroristic threat' and actionable at law*.

        "Free speech" is not unlimited at law. Please also note that I was expressing a personal opinion and not one about what I thought the law is.

        a fortiori, I would carve out, at law, reduced protections for flat up trolling.

        *were it not clearly an example and not sincere

        • thom

          Insincerety noted 🙂

          • Xuuths

            Well, admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?

    • another_steve

      The theofascists think that the speech here on JMG is “hate-trolling.”

      Someday they might be in charge — so be careful before establishing a paradigm whereby only “non-hateful” speech should be protected.

      • The_Wretched

        The definition of ‘hate speech’ doesn’t include “stop hitting me”. that they are delicate doesn’t make them right. Also, stopping an otherwise good idea because someone with power will abuse you for it is understandable, it’s still morally wrong for them to use raw power like that.

        so far as some of the comments here call for violence (and there are a few today), I am 100% not in agreement with making those comments. I am also not on board with mis-gendering her.

  • Thorn Spike

    It’s a sad day for hate speech. FIFY

  • Rex

    When reached for comment, Ann would only respond: “Neigh”

  • OdieDenCO

    she lost her sponsors but it a sad day for free speech? if no one is sponsoring you i.e. paying your expenses, all your speeches are free. I fail to see how this is sad. 🙂

  • worstcultever

    She used to be the queen of hate/stupidity. Now that the hate/stupidity complex rules the world, she’s a sad and fast-fading relic. Somebody should do a comic/absurd Sunset-Boulevard musical about her. What’s Charles Busch up to these days?

    • thom

      Lol… i would totally watch that!

    • M Jackson

      Busch has already written his Nazi play (“The Lady In Question”).

  • Frostbite

    Don’t know why she’s complaining about free speech, she can speak, she just won’t do it for free.

  • Chrissy

    she still is getting paid. Conservatives speakers pull this scam on Universities all the time.

  • Acronym Jim

    If you fear violence, maybe your career shouldn’t be as a “provocateur” (french for professional asshole) whose main tactic is pissing people off with hate-filled rhetoric.

    Just a thought.

  • Gene Perry

    My hunch is that Mr Coulter cancelled his appearance because the only people who were gonna show up were cops & protesters.

    • thom

      As a free speech/offensive speech defender, I will fight for your right to use transphobic speech.

  • kareemachan
  • Eric Lewis

    Again proving she is a PAID hack who will say or do anything for the money – no sponsors, no Ann.

  • Dean Cameron

    She should just park herself on a Soapbox in People’s Park and let the fun begin!

  • LovesIrony

    Provoke, provoke, provoke ad nauseam and then cry poor me when threats of violence occur.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Coulter sure knows how to work the publicity machine.

    For those asking about “free speech,” it is an issue because Cal is a government entity and is subject to federal and California speech laws. Providing a public forum carries the responsibility of making it reasonably safe and that’s where the rub lies. Cal wanted to accomplish that by choosing a different location and quieter time on campus. The student group is suing because they say those restrictions make them second-class citizens in the forum.

  • CB

    I hate this withered hag.

  • JDS
    • coram nobis

      “Aw, c’mon, bartender, it ain’t closing time yet.”

  • boobert

    This has nothing to do with free speech. It’s the MONEY !

  • Luther Kreiger

    Exactly zero people with souls are disappointed.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Well, that’s a market-based solution!

  • SFBruce

    I don’t like anything about this. Of course, Ann Coulter’s ideas are despicable, but I’d rather let her speak and not go, or peaceably protest outside, or attend and turn my back. The very last thing I want is to see her make herself into some kind of martyr for free speech. Unfortunately, the university is between a rock and a hard place, since there would be every likelihood of violence, and they have a responsibility to see that doesn’t happen. As far as I can tell, the protesters using these demonstrations to incite violence aren’t students. I wish I had some answers, but I don’t. The only think I’m certain about is if unpopular, and yes even despicable, speech isn’t protected, we don’t have free speech.

    • coram nobis

      Some of her answers might excite popular prejudice, but if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
      — Holmes, Brandeis, JJ., dissenting, Schwimmer v. U.S., 279 U.S. 644 (1929)

      To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care wholeheartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premises. But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.
      — Holmes, J., dissenting in Abrams v. U.S., 250 U.S. 616 (1919)

  • Barry William Teske

    Dear Ann Coulter,

    Why go anywhere?
    Perhaps a rip cord that mindlessly repeats your HATE spew everytime its pulled would be more economical?
    An exit strategy from your butthole, where all the other crap you spew comes from, seems a no brainer!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    You know Ann, for a bimbo who claims to be a constitutional lawyer, you don’t seem to understand the constitution very well. This IS NOT a free speech/1st amendment issue. Clearly, you’re lying about earning your law degree….unless, of course, you earned it on your back. Come on, you know you did.

    • CatCope

      Jean-Marc YOU READ MY MIND ! Scary! I was gonna state same. She needs to READ about the 1st A. (the 2nd one also, too, conservatives interpret these differently)! Maybe THEY do have a different Bill of Rights! Annie, it’s about Sponsors ($$) NOT the guvmint’!!

  • Tomcat

    So it WAS about money and NOT about free speech.

  • Chip Lenno

    I’m sorry, how is this a sad day for free speech? This is actually exactly how it’s supposed to work. The government has done nothing to curtail this person’s speech. The free market of ideas has spoken and they don’t want to hear your drivel. If you had something people wanted to hear you’d be speaking. Please sit down, we are not interested.

  • PR

    My question is why hasn’t she sued her plastic surgeon ?

  • JCF