Newswire: Ann Coulter cancels Berkeley speech over safety concerns

The New York Times reports that conservative pundit Ann Coulter has dropped her plans to speak in Berkeley, California, a city that has rapidly shed its “peaceful hippie commune” vibe in favor of becoming an ongoing fight club between political protesters. Coulter—an intentional political gadfly whose greatest hits include calling schools “criminal training labs,” and saying women shouldn’t have the right to vote—was initially invited to speak at UC Berkeley tomorrow by the Berkeley College Republicans, who, along with another group, The Young America’s Foundation, have pulled support for her appearance, citing fears about public safety.

The college canceled Coulter’s formal speaking engagement earlier this week, but offered her another slot during a time when classes weren’t in session, and violence was less likely to break out. Coulter refused. Now, sans security or a venue, she’s withdrawn her plans, calling it “a sad …

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