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Why Is UC Berkeley ‘Bracing’ for an Appearance by This Conservative?

What’s happening?

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is speaking today on the University of California at Berkeley campus.

Who is Ben Shapiro, and why is he seen as controversial?

Shapiro is a Harvard Law School graduate who has worked as a lawyer, writer and political commentator. He was an editor at Breitbart but left the site in 2016 due to its overtly pro-Trump stance during the election. Shapiro is now editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire.

Prior to the 2016 election, Shapiro spoke on campus to the UC Berkeley College Republicans without incident and with “basic security.” Because of his conservative leanings, Shapiro has since been caught up in the backlash against controversial figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter. Earlier this year, UC Berkeley students destroyed $100,000 worth of property during riots in reaction to a scheduled appearance by Yiannopoulos, a self-identified “alt-right” figure.

What is UC Berkeley doing to prepare?

“Berkeley braces for visit by right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro.”  “Berkeley lifts decades-old ban on pepper-spraying violent protesters ahead of Ben Shapiro speech.”

As shown in the headlines, the school is preparing for possible violence. Safety measures include a visible police force and a closed perimeter on campus. Law enforcement can also use pepper spray to halt rioters after a 1997 ban on pepper-spraying protesters was lifted in time for the event.

Glenn’s take:

We choose whether or not we want to wallow in feeling offended, and we need to learn to let people speak even if we disagree with them. Shapiro’s words aren’t why UC Berkeley is implementing unbelievable safety measures – rioters who start fires, break windows and throw Molotov cocktails are.

“[Ben Shapiro] just speaks the truth with reason, facts and common sense,” Glenn said.  “If protesters turn violent and set fires, that will be because someone decided to get violent and set fires.

“It won’t be Shapiro’s fault; it will be because the protesters chose to do that.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: A guy is coming to talk to college students. UC Berkeley is going to have a perimeter closed off outside the building where the, oh, so intimidating Shapiro is speaking. The university is also -- I am not making this up -- they are going to have counseling services available for students because they are deeply concerned about some speakers and what those speakers may have -- you know, the impact that they make on an individual's sense of safety and belonging. If a student gets their feelings hurt by Ben Shapiro's speech, it will be because the student chooses to get their feelings hurt.

If protesters turn violent and set fires, that will because someone decided to get violent and set fires. It won't be Shapiro's fault. It will be because the protesters chose to do that.

I mean, do your freaking homework, man.

The left fails to understand the fundamental thing about how to deal with a person or a group that they don't like. The more they threat about said person or group, the more attention they're going to draw to them.

Growing up, they must not have had the mom who told them ignore your younger brother. Ignore your sister. Stop. Just stop noticing, and they will stop.

My parents told me to choose not to engage. Ignore it. And it's not like Shapiro or Ann Coulter or Steve Bannon are pining to speak at the University of Nebraska or something. They're going where the attention is. If Berkeley students hate these speakers so much, the best way to get rid of them is stay at home. Don't protest. Ignore them.

No one will know who they are. But they don't do that because they're actually not -- they're not really worried about Ben Shapiro or anybody's speech. That's not what they -- they don't -- that's not what they're trying to do. They are trying to increase anger, scored, conflict, and chaos.

For them and them alone, choosing to be offended is good for their business.

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