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Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter('s right to free speech)

Bernie Sanders denounces Antifa/far leftist demonstrator threats against right wing pundit Coulter for her scheduled upcoming UC Berkeley appearance.


"I don't like this. I don't like it," Sanders told The Huffington Post for a story published Saturday. "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."
 link to thehill.com

Sanders denounces threats against Ann Coulter

By Brandon Carter - 04/22/17 05:28 PM EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the threats made against conservative pundit Ann Coulter that forced the University of California, Berkeley, to postpone her appearance this week.

"I don't like this. I don't like it," Sanders told The Huffington Post for a story published Saturday. "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."

Coulter's original talk at the university was postponed due to security concerns, with local police saying they had received "very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker, attendees and those who may wish to lawfully protest the event."

Sanders pushed back against protests that Coulter shouldn't be allowed to speak, calling them "a sign of intellectual weakness."

"If you can't ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?" he told The Huffington Post.

Berkley reversed course after Coulter announced she would come to the university as planned. The university proposed a different day and venue for the event, but Coulter and the campus College Republicans group are vowing to hold the event on April 27, the original day as planned.

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This should not surprise us 23.Apr.2017 14:12

Mike Novack

Bernie is part of the democratic/libertarian left. He is not part of the authoritarian left. So yes of course, free speech even for the idiots.

Some of us on the left are democratic. Others of us on the left are authoritarian, with that range going all the way on that axis as much as any authoritarians of the right.

Left vs right, libertarian vs authoritarian, those are orthogonal axes.

Just because you never met somebody who was both libertarian and right (absolute property rights) just means you haven't met one of the (relatively rare) individualist anarchists yet. I assure you, they DO exist.

Left Authoritarians? 25.Apr.2017 10:17

lol

"Others of us on the left are authoritarian"

Funny, the ONLY time I have ever heard of this concept in recent memory is from Tea Partier/"radical" types trying to manipulate leftists into NOT evicting troublemakers.

"he's a loon, get rid of him."
"You're being authoritarian!"
"He's a Nazi collaborator!"
"Freeze peach! Stop being authoritarian"

So yeah, COOL STORY BRO.