UPDATE April 26, 12:57 p.m. EST: Coulter has canceled her speech.
UPDATE April 25, 9:54 a.m. EST:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged the University of California at Berkeley to let Ann Coulter speak after her original appearance was canceled due to security concerns.
The Berkeley College Republicans sued on Monday, claiming the school's actions stifled free speech.
My view is, let her speak and just don't show up. If you don't like it, don't' show up.
Warren, who tends to disagree with Coulter on major political issues, said the cancellation only gave her a bigger platform.
UPDATE April 21, 8:00 a.m. EST:
The University of California at Berkeley reversed its decision to cancel a speech by Ann Coulter and offered to reschedule on May 2 at a more suitable venue. Coulter tweeted that she is unavailable on the new date and noted it falls when no formal classes are scheduled. She plans to show up on the original April 27 date.
In addition to facts: We've already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can't do May 2...THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017
Students at the University of California, Berkeley, have been feeling particularly rowdy lately--as seen in recent headlines detailing the eruption of mass protests and violence. Citing public safety concerns, the university announced the cancelation of speaking event featuring Ann Coulter, a prominent right-wing commentator, according to the student-led newspaper, The Daily Californian.
Coulter was initially scheduled to speak on immigration on April 27.
Representatives from the student groups -- Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA -- sent an email on Tuesday claiming that the university couldn't find a safe and suitable location for the event.
“We regret this outcome especially given our unqualified support for our students’ right to bring speakers of their choosing to the University, and our deep commitment to the values and principles embedded in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” the email stated.
WATCH | Dozens of people have been arrested after violence erupted between pro- and anti-Trump groups.
The decision was reached when campus police learned that the groups responsible for inciting violence at the Milo Yiannopoulos event in February and the Free Speech Rally in Berkeley on Saturday had planned to make an appearance during Coulter's remarks.
“UCPD’s concerns and recommendations were significantly influenced by escalating violence during demonstration-related events on the campus and surrounding areas of the City,” said UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof.
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