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Huh? New York Times blames Coulter for Berkeley riot threats

Ann Coulter

Who is to blame when angry student rioters mob U.S. campuses and shut down free speech?

Why, Ann Coulter and other conservatives who provoke them, of course.

And don’t forget President Donald Trump, who “fans the flames.”

That’s according to the New York Times’ Jeremy W. Peters, who wrote the Thursday article headlined “In Ann Coulter’s speech battle, signs that conservatives are emboldened.”

“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,” Peters reported.

He said conservatives such as Coulter “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 newspaper also faulted the president: “President Trump’s victory was, to many of his supporters, a defiant uprising against what they saw as a cultural and political elite that told them their values were wrong and their beliefs bigoted. And Mr. Trump, who has routinely used racially charged controversies and social movements like Black Lives Matter to his political benefit, has leapt to their defense, ready to fan the flames.”

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There were at least two arrests Thursday evening at Berkeley at the time of this report – one person for carrying a knife to the protests and another who refused to remove his mask.

Berkeley protester arrested for refusing to remove his mask at April 27 demonstration

Robert B. Reich, a former Labor secretary under President Bill Clinton who is now a professor of public policy at Berkeley, told the Times colleges and universities are playing into conservatives’ hands by shutting down speeches.

“Unfortunately, Berkeley and other universities have played into a narrative that the right would love to advance,” Reich said. “The narrative assumes a cultural plot against the free expression of right-wing views in which academe, mainstream media – every facet of the establishment – is organized against them.”

Reich charged: “That’s a narrative Trump used to get into the White House.”

Peters said Coulter in particular “has a knack for provocation and a history of inviting disruption wherever she speaks.”

Berkeley protester carries a banner that reads, ‘The issue is not free speech. The issue is fascism’ at April 27 event (Photo: Twitter)

Conservatives took to Twitter to express their outrage over the New York Times accusations.

Other Twitter comments included:

Peters also cited the case of political scientist Charles Murray, a libertarian scholar who attempted to speak at Middlebury College in Vermont in March. As WND reported, a crowd of hundreds of students assaulted Murray, and a professor accompanying him was taken to the hospital with a neck injury.

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More than 450 alumni at the college released a statement before the event declaring Murray’s invitation to speak was “unacceptable and unethical” and “directly endangers members of the community.”

“We hope many of you dissent, and we hope you make that dissent known to whosoever you see fit,” the statement concluded.

Protesters at Middlebury College refuse to let Charles Murray speak

The result was both verbal and physical abuse. Protesters turned their backs on Murray and chanted, preventing him from delivering his scheduled address. As an alternative, Murray was led to a different location where he was recorded on a closed-circuit telecast. However, even the recording was interrupted as students slammed chairs, screamed and pulled fire alarms, occasionally shutting down the building’s power.

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The Coulter cancellation came just days after left-wing protesters clashed with Trump supporters at a pro-Trump rally in Berkeley. Several people were injured and arrested.

Anti-Trump protesters lash out at Trump supporters in Berkeley “March-4-Trump” rally March 4 (Photo: Twitter)

Conservative speaker and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos felt the sting of left-wing hysteria in February when students at U.C. Berkeley rioted, apparently with the blessing of left-wing faculty members, and forced the cancellation of his speaking engagement. During the Feb. 2 melee that forced Yiannopoulos to cancel his event, rioters beat up Trump supporters, pepper-sprayed bystanders, looted a Starbucks, smashed bank windows and ATMs, and spray-painted “Kill Trump” on storefronts.

Violent protests ahead of a planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, in February by Milo Yiannopoulos