With unprecedented security measures, Ben Shapiro delivers Berkeley speech

Amid fears of widespread political violence, Ben Shapiro’s speech at UC Berkeley on Thursday night was a mostly peaceful affair, with the conservative commentator delivering remarks where he criticized identity politics and an anti-free speech climate on college campuses around the country.

Berkeley authorities bolstered security for the event, with a barrier being constructed around the perimeter of the area and attendees being required to walk through metal detectors as they entered Zellerbach Hall.

University of California spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university went through “extraordinary lengths” to ensure safety, spending nearly $600,000 on security.

Shapiro, citing the heavy police presence and physical barriers, joked that “Berkeley has actually achieved building a wall before Donald Trump did.”

The 33-year-old editor in chief of The Daily Wire delivered his usual blend of pro-free speech rhetoric and conservative policy, in the speech titled “Say No To Campus Thuggery.”

“America is watching because you guys are so stupid,” Shapiro said about the left-wing group Antifa. “You can all go to hell you pathetic, lying, stupid, jackasses.”

The much-anticipated speech drew national attention, as Berkeley has become a flashpoint in the debate over free speech on college campuses after seeing violent protests earlier this year over speakers like right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and best-selling author Ann Coulter.

Those ordeals prompted serious questions about whether the liberal enclave, which historically embraced principles of free speech and expression, was now unwilling to host opposing viewpoints in a new political climate.

And while the night was largely peaceful, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the venue to protest Shapiro’s views and there were at least three arrests relating to the possession of banned weapons, local authorities said.

The Thursday night speech is just the start of a plethora of conservative voices coming to the Northern California campus, as Yiannopoulos and a student group have organized a “Free Speech Week” later this month. Beginning Sunday, September 24th, there will be a series of events, with speakers including Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, The Gateway Pundit’s Lucian Wintrich, and journalist Mike Cernovich.

“We’ve never seen a situation like this. It’s very unique. It’s a very different political dynamic where free speech … at Berkeley has become the occasion for the right and left to confront each other,” UC Chancellor Carol T. Christ said about the school’s role in a larger national debate.

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  1. Ulyssess Uhaul
    Ulyssess Uhaul 15 September, 2017, 09:35

    Doomers have tried to snuff out a humble business guy’s message of providing a value moving service for forlorn Californians. The more taxes and fees and regulations the more business increases….sorta odd.

    Taking care of Doomers….someone gotta do it!

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 17 September, 2017, 09:34

      Thank you for your service to us doomers, Uly.
      And sorry to your business is suffering. Could be those aggressive Rottweillers are scaring off customers. Or is it…and I really hate to say this but your problem could be your man slave Queeg. Now I don’t mind his ape-like posture, the callouses on his knuckles and peanuts on his breath, but that third eye in the middle of his forehead is really off-putting.

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      • Ulyssess Uhaul
        Ulyssess Uhaul 17 September, 2017, 17:39

        Queeg got one of those bizaro metro haircuts…..sorta Marine baldy cut up to the hair part……he feels he fits in better with customers, the empathy thingeeeee.

        As far as our darling pups, we started a profit center with em…..got one of those cage fight set ups and they are in there growlin and howlin when you put a silver dollar into the juke box while selecting The Russian national anthem……a Queeg favorite…his idea too…proving quite popular too!

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  2. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 15 September, 2017, 09:36

    Will they have recovery classes for the little snowflakes to recoperate after the speech becuase their sensitive little feeling were hurt by a conservative speaker the poor pathetic little poltroons and nincompoops

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  3. Dude
    Dude 15 September, 2017, 12:45

    The only thing I want to hear is how many Antifa terrorists got their heads smacked.

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  4. Bill - San Jose
    Bill - San Jose 16 September, 2017, 18:39

    Article says “fear of” … in this nation .. at this time …

    We are in a war and it just hasn’t hit home yet to most folks.

    Taking to the streets is a new concept for most. I missed this speech as I was having a meal with my son but I’ve made it part of my constitution to support conservative views as often as I can. I went to the Sacramento march many months ago but these are as important as that event.

    Cheers all.

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 17 September, 2017, 17:25

    Comrades

    Groups are not cool….get that across…..if you cannot handle your own stuff….why turn ya self over to groups?

    Self Reliance or your peril….The Command Economy!

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  6. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 18 September, 2017, 15:19

    The only good place i want to see these antifa scumbags is behind bars doing 50 or 60 years without any movie deals

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  7. beckjf
    beckjf 18 September, 2017, 20:29

    It’s about time they protected speakers instead of letting the crazies attack and destroy at will!

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  8. Jäger
    Jäger 19 September, 2017, 00:53

    So glad I’m free of the wackiest whackjob state in America.

    Sadly, they insist on trying to implement their insane and failed policies at the national level.

    Would the DPRK just do the country a favor and secede?

    P.S. – Take Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with you. Special thanks from all Americans that have an intact survival instinct.

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