Ann Coulter reminded an ABC host Sunday that speech you hate to hear is not the same as hate speech.
On ABC’s This Week, host Jonathan Karl lectured Coulter about her track record of incendiary comments and said she should not have been surprised that a speech Coulter was scheduled to give at the University of California at Berkley was canceled.
“And then there was the tweet that you put out just the day before the election, saying, ‘If only people with at least four grandparents born in America were voting, Trump would win in a 50-state landslide,'” Karl said.
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“OK. Let’s just take that one. We can go through all the greatest hits of much of my commentary. I watch roughly 24 hours a day, the Hispanic vote, the Hispanic vote, the Hispanic vote, how the — how the, you know, the browning of America and how are African-Americans voting. How are women voting. I describe one demographic and say how it would come out. And that’s hate speech?” she said.
“Why isn’t it hate speech to keep telling me how Hispanics are going to vote?” she added.
She then corrected Karl on his understanding of the First Amendment.
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“What you’re talking about are rhetorical flourishes. And I don’t know, maybe you guys think you are smarter than the Founding Fathers. But they did not put an asterisk on the First Amendment,” she said. “The Founding Fathers just forgot about that, that — and ‘no rhetorical flourishes. No jokes.'”
That brought a show of support from the show’s other guest, Robert Reich, a Berkeley professor and former Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton.
“Well, we finally found something, after all these years, where I agree with Ann Coulter, that is there is no hate speech exemption for the First Amendment,” he said.
“I do believe in the First Amendment, and I will fight for her right to say what she wants to say. The First Amendment is, and freedom of speech, is the cornerstone of our democracy. And, whether it’s college campuses or somebody burning a flag or it’s the — newspapers having a right to say whatever they want, we cannot toy around with the First Amendment. It is absolutely critical,” Reich said.
Reich said he does not approve of the culture of intolerance on college campuses.
“I am concerned because one of the purposes of a university education is to be provoked, to examine what the evidence is,” he said.
“And if somebody says something that is offensive, well, that is not per se, you know, a violation of any kind of university norm; in fact, quite the opposite. I tell my students all the time, the best way to learn something is to talk to people who disagree with you because that forces — that forces you to sharpen your views and test your views,” he added.
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” … universities ought to be places where I’m not the only conservative most students will hear in four years of college,” she said.
“And what this shows, this whole incident shows, again, it shows this radical, insulated Left on the college campus. And the entire left wing, including President Obama and Bill Maher on the other side and what useless institutions our universities are. The prices have gone up 3,000 percent since the ’70s. Is the education better? No. It’s worse,” she continued.
“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, not just University of California but with federal grants every university in America,” Coulter said.
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