Standing In the Gap: Trump Supporters To Fill In for Coulter in Berkeley on Thursday
Conservative radio host and activst Gavin McInnes, author and activist Lauren Southern and “Based Stick Man” Kyle Chapman are planning to hold a free speech rally today in Berkeley, California.
The rally is scheduled despite the fact that Ann Coulter’s speech on the UC Berkeley campus was canceled on Wednesday.
— Gavin McInnes (@Gavin_McInnes) April 26, 2017
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) April 27, 2017
Jason Kessler at The Daily Caller reporting:
Kyle Chapman, better known by the internet as “Based Stickman,” has vowed to stage a large demonstration at UC Berkeley campus Thursday, in spite of Ann Coulter canceling her planned speech due to terroristic threats from left-wing groups.
Chapman became an overnight sensation in March after a video emerged of him smacking a left-wing antifa (“anti-fascist”) rioter with a stick during a violent melee at UC Berkeley. Since then he has been a central organizer of the right-wing resistance to antifa and the Berkeley establishment itself.
He now claims to lead an army of street activists willing to push back against anti-speech tyranny, which means we could see hundreds clash in the streets tomorrow with or without an Ann Coulter appearance.
When I arrived at his Bay Area Friday morning home Chapman was obviously upset, “Dude, did you hear Ann Coulter’s event got canceled?” Sure enough, despite vowing to fight UC Berkeley’s cancellation through litigation, Coulter was left alone undefended when the conservative student group, Young America’s Foundation, backed out of the event due to pressure from left-wing activists and the city government of Berkeley.
Without the group’s support, Coulter could be left without indoor space or security for her speech.
Chapman still holds out hope that Ann Coulter could make an appearance. “We can protect her,” he said.
Before the start of our previously scheduled interview Chapman was negotiating with Coulter through Gavin McInnes, conservative commentator and host of “The Gavin McInnes Show.” McInnes himself runs the Proud Boys, a pro-Western Civilization fraternity, which boasts thousands of members and famously showed up to counter-protest antifa rioters at the last Battle of Berkeley on April 15.
When I asked McInnes if the Proud Boys would be rallying tomorrow he said, “Yes dude. We are full on IN.”
The rally is to occur at 2:00 p.m. CT at Berkeley’s Civic Center park. In addition to Chapman and McInnes, conservative activist and author Lauren Southern is said to attend.
Read more at The Daily Caller.
— Jason Kessler (@TheMadDimension) April 26, 2017
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