Ann Coulter told Fox News the decision to nix her planned speaking event next week at the University of California, Berkeley, wouldn’t keep her from showing up.
“What are they going to do? Arrest me?” she asked Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night. “I am definitely giving the speech.”
Earlier in the day, the conservative commentator tweeted, “I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY,” calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech.
Campus Republicans had invited Coulter to speak at Berkeley on the subject of illegal immigration. Masked rioters at the school smashed windows, set fires and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February.
University officials sent the Berkeley College Republicans a letter Tuesday saying officials and campus police had determined they could not ensure the safety of Coulter, audience members or protesters expected at the event.
“We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue,” the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton read. “Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.”
The cancellation also came days after violent fights between far-right and far-left protesters Saturday at a rally supporting President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley.
University spokesman Dan Mogulof said campus police learned that some of the groups who appeared to be responsible for the violence last weekend and at the Yiannopoulos event “planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.