On Thursday, UC Berkeley reversed their decision to cancel Ann Coulter’s appearance at the university, rescheduling it from April 27 to May 2, according to The Washington Post.
UC Berkeley said it had advised Coulter’s representatives and the Berkeley College Republicans of the change, according to The Los Angeles Times, which reported Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ stating, “We have an unwavering commitment to providing for the safety and well-being of speakers who come to campus, our students and other members of our campus and surrounding communities. While there may, at times, be tension between these paired commitments, we cannot compromise either.”
The university had canceled Coulter’s speech on Wednesday, citing safety concerns after right- and left-wing protesters clashed on Saturday; 21 people were arrested.
Coulter had slammed the university on Twitter in a series of tweets, arguing, “no school accepting public funds can ban free speech.”
The Post reported after the reversal, “However, a leader of the college Republican group that originally invited Coulter said the university was placing strict conditions on the event, and he said his group intended to reject the new terms.”
After Thursday’s announcement, Coulter slammed the university again:
Do not fall for b.s Berkeley press release claiming they “rescinded” cancelation. They added NEW, more burdensome condition on my const rts. https://t.co/bPMuVUEEMY
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017