The University of California, Berkeley officially announced it has been unable to find a venue for conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s September 14 speaking engagement on the university campus.
The cancellation comes just months after Berkeley cancelled a speech with Ann Coulter, and the campus riot which prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from taking the stage.
While some on social media are calling it just another example of liberal hypocrisy and the left playing gatekeeper, Shapiro is calling it “bullshit” and vows to make it to the campus one way or another.
According to a statement the university issued to the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), which was hosting the event in conjunction with the College Republicans, the university claimed it was “unable to identify an available campus venue” for Shapiro’s event.
“Ben Shapiro is welcome on our campus and we are committed to supporting his, and your, rights to free speech,” the statement read.
“This bullshit will not stand. Don’t worry, Berkeley. I’m coming one way or another,” Shapiro tweeted Wednesday night.
Shapiro later went on to question if California Governor Jerry Brown planned to do anything about Berkeley “routinely violating the First Amendment.”
“Using ridiculous pretexts to keep conservatives from speaking is unsurprising but disappointing,” he wrote in a statement to YAF. “We’ll find a way to get this event done, and UC Berkeley has a moral and legal obligation to ensure we do so.”