Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech - Conservatives Whine About “Free Speech”
Ann Coulter is one of the most vile and odious people on the political scene today, but this is ridiculous. As Elizabeth Warren said, “If you don’t like her, don’t show up,” because the more campus leftist groups try to shut people like Coulter down, the more it helps them, giving credence to the notion that the majority is being oppressed. I think it is irresponsible for universities to give people like Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopolous a platform, as well as Coulter, because these folks only care about making trouble and insulting people and not encouraging debate, and the effort to shut them down is one thing I believe that eventually led to the rise of Trump and his eventual election.
The best thing to do is ignore them, and if enough people do this, they’ll look for someone else to bother, because that’s how bullies roll.
Without uttering a word to students at the University of California, Berkeley, Ann Coulter on Wednesday made herself the latest cause célèbre in the rapidly escalating effort by conservatives to fight liberals on what was once the left’s moral high ground over free speech on campus.
Ms. Coulter, the acid-penned conservative writer, canceled a planned appearance on Thursday after the political organizations that invited her rescinded their support over fears of violence. “It’s a sad day for free speech,” she said.
But across the country, conservatives like her are eagerly throwing themselves into volatile situations like the one in Berkeley, emboldened by a backlash over what many Americans see as excessive political correctness, a president who has gleefully taken up their fight, and liberals they accuse of trying to censor any idea they disagree with.
The situation adds up to a striking reversal in the culture wars, with the left now often demanding that offensive content be excised from public discourse and those who promote it boycotted and shunned.