The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has spoken out in defense of conservative author and speaker Ann Coulter after she was forced to cancel a planned speech at UC Berkeley.
As The Hill reports, Young America’s Foundation – the group that sponsored Coulter’s visit, which should have taken place today – withdrew its support of the event, citing threats of violence from those on the far-left.
The ACLU subsequently sent out this tweet describing the chain of events as a “heckler’s veto.”
The heckler’s veto of Coulter's Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment. We must protect speech on campus, even when hateful.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 26, 2017
As of writing, that message has been retweeted 5,193 times and ‘liked’ 11,480 times.
Commenters on The Hill’s article about the statement have also spoken up in support of the ACLU and Ann Coulter’s right to speak, although many are insisting her platform consists of “hate speech.”
Several liberals, however, appear triggered.