LIARS: UC Berkeley Levies $15k "Free-Speech Tax" Against Conservative Student Groups

LIARS: UC Berkeley Levies $15k "Free-Speech Tax" Against Conservative Student Groups

Last month, we brought you the story of the fascist UC Berkeley administration's attempt to suppress political dissent by blocking conservative speaker Ben Shapiro from appearing on campus.

Leftist administrators came up with a bevy of excuses as to why they couldn't accommodate Ben Shapiro, from lack of space to lack of security and everything in between.

Conservative student groups didn't take the abuse lying down, hitting back with threats of legal action. Just days later, UC Berkeley's administrators caved in to the pressure and reversed the decision, declaring that not only would Ben Shapiro make his appearance, UC Berkeley would foot the bill if necessary.

Alas, it was all too good to be true. With Shapiro's event less than one month away, UC Berkeley leftists are reneging on on their promises.

From the Young America's Foundation:

Despite Berkeley College Republicans notifying UC Berkeley months in advance of their plans to host Ben Shapiro for a campus lecture through Young America’s Foundation, the school at first claimed to have no available venues. After UC Berkeley magically found a venue for YAF and BCR to host Ben Shapiro this September, the school trumpeted its own benevolence in offering to waive fees for the use of said lecture hall. Now, they’re foisting a $15,738 “security charge” on conservative students.

“Berkeley’s tendency to run to friendly press in feeble attempts to curry favor and salvage a damaged public image aren’t working. The outcry from students, conservatives across the country, and even liberal elites including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proves the indefensibility of Berkeley’s continued anti-conservative and anti-free speech actions,” said Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown. “The sincerity of any claims made by Berkeley should be questioned given the school’s past stated inability to find a venue for YAF’s lecture with Ben Shapiro, and public claims that they’d cover the cost of a venue when one suddenly appeared.”

In July, Berkeley tried to mitigate negative press coverage by sharing its plans to cover the rental cost for a venue to the media, before telling BCR. Subsequent emails revealed that Berkeley was waiving roughly $13K in venue and staffing fees. Their attempt at proving goodwill toward conservatives through the press falls flat when Berkeley administrators leverage more than $15K in security fees for a campus police force that has an active “stand-down order” unless and until a loss of life is imminent.

In a live broadcast earlier today, Shapiro addressed listeners and implored them not to attend the event "prepared for violence" against Antifa:

“We just paid through the nose to ensure that the police are there. If they don’t do the job they’re supposed to do then that tells you all you need to know. It is Antifa that’s promoting violence all across the country.”

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