You know that you’ve made a major constitutional faux pas when you can get the ACLU to start sticking up for the right wing of American politics.
And that’s exactly what has happened in the case of conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter, who has been fighting with the University of California at Berkeley for the better part of the last week regarding an appearance that was scheduled for today.
That appearance was eventually canceled, but not before the university offered Coulter a secret backup venue that they could “secure” more easily, fearing that the conservative celebrity’s presence on campus could incite even more violent rioting from the leftist student population. An earlier engagement by right wing news editor Milo Yiannopolous was canceled after students took to the streets to riot in protest.
Coulter fought back, vowing not only to speak on campus today, but rebuking the very idea that UC Berkeley would be able to completely molest the First Amendment to silence her. Unfortunately, without the ability to ensure her safety, Coulter was forced to back down.
Now, given the massive repercussions that this censorship could have on the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union is getting involved – on Coulter’s side.
“The liberal American Civil Liberties Union has came out in support of conservative columnist Ann Coulter’s right to speak on a public college campus Wednesday after the event was cancelled.
“Coulter, a 12-time New York Times bestselling author, was slated to speak on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley until the school cancelled the event, claiming they couldn’t guarantee the security of Coulter or attendees.
“Coulter, who was invited to speak by a student group, said she would go to the campus and speak anyway, but ultimately cancelled after the event’s sponsor dropped out Wednesday morning.
“It wasn’t until Wednesday afternoon, more than a week after the controversy erupted and after Coulter announced her event was cancelled, that the ACLU spoke up in support of her right to speak.”
While the ACLU purports to defend the basic rights of all Americans, they have often been criticized for politicizing their role in the United States’ societal landscape in favor of liberals and their ilk. Now, with the New Fascism movement gaining momentum with the American political left, even the most ardent of leftist organizations are being forced to do a double take.