Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren voiced her opinion on the controversy behind conservative pundit Ann Coulter's visit to the University of California, Berkeley.
"Ann Coulter has just gotten a much bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak," Warren told CNN host Jake Tapper in an interview Monday night.
"My view is, let her speak and don't show up. If you don't like it, don't show up," Warren told Tapper, who asked her opinion as a law professor and someone who has been at Harvard a long time.
The school had canceled the April 27 campus lecture by Coulter citing security concerns as the reason behind the decision. It later reversed its decision and rescheduled the event for May 2. Coulter lashed out on Twitter, "I can't do May 2...THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!"
In addition to facts: We've already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can't do May 2...THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017
Coulter, who then decided to proceed with the event on the original date, said that "I'm showing up this Thursday. ... It's up to the police to keep me safe."
Earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he was not happy with the threats to block Coulter's speech. He said, "Obviously Ann Coulter's outrageous ― to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents' worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation."
On Monday, the students who invited the populist pundit said they will sue the school if it won't allow Coulter to speak. "It is a sad day indeed when the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, is morphing before our eyes into the cemetery of free speech on college campuses," said a representative of the Berkeley College Republicans in a letter to the school's interim vice chancellor and chief attorney.