YAF Pulls Support from Coulter Event Due to Berkeley Police “Stand-Down” Order
Citing credible evidence of violence,Young America’s Foundation has pulled its support from Ann Coulter’s speech at the University of California-Berkeley campus this Thursday.
YAF released a statement on Tuesday night, via Breitbart:
“When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event,” the group declared in a blog post on Tuesday. “In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official ‘stand-down’ policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence.”
Earlier, the Washington Post reported that Trump supporter, conservative commentator and author of 12 books, despite a genuine concern for violent confrontation, would go ahead with her lecture on campus. Coulter was expected to speak at the famous Sproul Plaza.
The earlier Post story unsuccessfully attempted to frame the narrative as potential battle between far-left and far right forces when, in fact, it has been far-left groups that have used violence and threats of violence against persons exercising their right to free speech, particularly the speech of those like Coulter who support Trump.