Conservatives like Ann Coulter love to complain that those who disagree with them want to violate their free speech rights, even though right wingers are notorious for urging curbs on the First Amendment when someone dares to express an opinion they deem as unacceptable.
Coulter has been in the news this week because she was scheduled to give a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, but some of the Berkeley students didn’t want her on their campus. So This Week host Jonathan Karl had Coulter on his show Sunday morning, along with Robert Reich, who is a professor at Berkeley.
Karl began by asking Coulter if Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media also set a dangerous precedent for free speech. Rather than respond to that, Coulter replied:
“Universities ought to be places where I am not the only conservative most students will hear in four years of college. This whole incident shows the radical insulated left on the college campuses. And the entire left wing, including President [Barack Obama] and Bill Maher, are on the other side.
“And what useless institutions our universities are. The lefties are on the side of the thugs. They’ve taken over the universities. I don’t think anyone learns anything at college anymore. It’s a four year vacation. And I think that’s what people ought to be looking at because the taxpayers are supporting these universities.”
That’s when Reich entered the debate and turned Coulter’s words on both her and the so-called head of state:
“The libel laws should not be widened [as Trump has suggested]. We really do need a free press. One thing that concerns me about the present administration is the willingness of the administration to not only talk about widening the libel laws and also criminal laws — flag burning — but even the president of the United States, last night, using a [rally] in Harrisburg to summon his supporters and criticize the press once again.
“This is dangerous. I mean, if we believe in the First Amendment, we believe in a free and independent press.”
It’s also interesting to note that Coulter used the word “thug” in her little unhinged rant. The biggest thug of them all is Donald Trump himself. He must have learned that from his good friend Vladimir.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org