Ann Coulter to Speak at Berkeley Less Than 3 Months After Fiery Milo Protests
Controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley in April, less than three months after an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos sparked violent protests.
Young America's Foundation announced this week that the 11-time New York Times bestselling author is slated to give a talk on campus on April 27.
Coulter has often made headlines - and enemies - with her outspoken views on illegal immigration, memorably saying "Americans want less immigration," we must stop illegal aliens who "rip off government programs," and "how many immigrants are enough?"
Some school organizers say they are concerned that Coulter's visit could result in protests and violence.
Ann Coulter on her trip to Berkeley: "I hear they're nice people at Berkeley and expect a pleasant event and stimulating exchange of ideas."
— Jim Roach (@IowaIndBlog) March 29, 2017
On February 1, Yiannopolous, then a Breitbart News editor, was forced to cancel an appearance at the school after violent protesters broke windows, damaged property and started fires.
“We are pretty apprehensive right now about everything,” said Pranav Jandahyala, president of the nonpartisan student political organization BridgeCal. “But at the same time, what’s pushing us forward is our optimism. We truly believe we can put on a great event.”
This time, the College Republicans are working with BridgeCal, which says it’s hoping the university has a stronger security plan.
“This time we are definitely going to push them to provide more security than they did last time,” said Jandahlyala. “More officers on the ground instead of in the balcony.”
In a statement provided to the Washington Examiner, Coulter outlined her expectations for the event, quipping, "I hear they're nice people at Berkeley and expect a pleasant event and stimulating exchange of ideas."
April 27! https://t.co/bUZ9fkEbT1
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 30, 2017