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Coulter: Colleges Like Berkeley Want To 'Squelch' Conservative Speech

Ann Coulter said universities like Berkeley, where she planned to speak before the event was canceled, are generally "radical." She said that progressives on campus want to "destroy and squelch" conservatives' free speech. Coulter added that even fellow progressives in the media and government like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Joy Behar think some of the protesters' actions have gone too far. "I’m not just some homeless person wondering onto the square, but I’d be allowed to speak then too," she said. Coulter also criticized her Berkeley event sponsor for "running away," saying the Republican Party should change its motto to "next time." Coulter said the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group, preferred a strongly-worded statement to a lawsuit against the university. She said that such a move would effectively tell her opponents that conservatives would kick the can down the road in the fight for free speech. "The GOP should change their motto to 'Next Time'-- We'll fight them next time," she said. "No, I want to win now. Can Republicans ever win 'now'?" she asked. She said the situation was similar to Republicans allowing liberal justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg to sail through confirmation, while the Democrats fight to keep conservatives, like Robert Bork, off the court. Coulter said that similarly, YAF wanted to put out a strong statement rather than a lawsuit, delaying the fight for conservative speeches on campuses for another day. Coulter said because her allies "ran away," it meant there was nothing she could do to make sure her speech wasn't cancelled.

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