BERKELEY — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of “In Trump We Trust” and other political-themed books, has accepted an invitation to speak at UC Berkeley on April 27, according to the sponsor of the event.
The time and location have not been finalized, said Troy Worden, spokesman for the Berkeley College Republicans. Once those details are finalized, the event will be posted on Eventbrite, he said. Coulter will speak on the topic of illegal immigration, he added.
The Coulter event would come just months after a scheduled appearance at UC Berkeley by former Breitbart news editor Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled after some 100 to 150 masked people threw rocks, broke windows and set fires outside the student union building during an otherwise peaceful protest. The canceled Feb. 1 event, also sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans, was part of Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous Faggot” tour of several campuses.
University spokesman Dan Mogulof said student groups have the right to invite speakers of their choosing to campus.
“In that context, the administration wishes to make clear that an invitation of this sort in no way suggests our endorsement of a particular point of view, and we will continue to affirm our commitment to the values of diversity, equality, and tolerance that underlie the greatness of Berkeley and, indeed, of our nation,” Mogulof said in an email. “The university is committed to freedom of expression: we cannot and will not engage in prior restraint of speech based on generalized concern that a speaker’s message may trigger disruptions.”
The BCR, as a matter of standard practice, will need to ask for a security assessment from the campus police department, Mogulof added. If security is required, the group would have to pay only for very basic security arrangements based on neutral criteria such as time, place, location, size of venue, and number of attendees.
“The campus, as per the law, cannot and does not, require student groups to pay for any security arrangements UCPD believes to be necessary as a result of the speaker’s perspectives or the possibility of protest or disruption,” Mogulof said. “Those security costs are borne solely and exclusively by the campus.”
Coulter is the author of about a dozen books including “Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right,” “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans,” “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” and most recently, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!”
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