“Do not come ready to do violence in defense of my free speech rights,” Shapiro said. “We just paid so that Berkeley will do it. Right? Either Berkeley is going to protect my free speech rights or they’re not.”
The University of California, Berkeley is charging the College Republicans group a $15,000 “security fee” to host conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro next month.
Conservative organization Young America’s Foundation announced Tuesday that it will step in and pay what it’s calling “effectively a tax on free speech.”
This comes after Milo Yiannopoulos cancelled a February speech at Berkeley when fiery riots resulted in thousands of dollars of property damage. Ann Coulter also cancelled an April speech at the university due to concerns about student safety.
On “The Story,” Shapiro said he’s expecting Antifa demonstrators to show up and try to cause violence, but he urged his fans and supporters not to show up ready to “do battle.”