Ann Coulter made a speech at Modesto Centre Plaza on Friday evening. The speech drew hundreds of GOP faithful as well as dozens of demonstrators who lined the sidewalk and lawn outside the downtown convention center to show their support and disgust for Conservative firebrand.
The protesters appeared to have been equally split into two camps. The number of protesters was around 100 people at its peak. Among those present was the news media, with TV stations from Sacramento, San Francisco and Fox News sending crews.
Modesto officers were also part of the crowd and nearby on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles. Galen Carroll, who is Police Chief made a statement saying that his department expected a peaceful protest but were prepared for the worst. However, his expectations were met.
Heather Graves, who is the Police spokeswoman reported that there were no arrests. The protesters for the most part kept to their own sides as they engaged in conversations with the officers. However, there was a turn of events after tensions ran high, with some demonstrators yelling at one another and calling one another names.
In response, officers formed a line separating the unruly demonstrators. There were also some chanting that went on with people shouting Trump! Trump! and USA! USA! and Nazi scum go home.
Republicans packed a hall inside Centre Plaza to celebrate Trump’s victory as Coulter helped them. She praised Trump and believes his victory could signal a populist revolution in the nation. But it turns out she is not crazy about California. For instance, she said it would not be good if the state’s immigration policies spread to the rest of the nation.
Coulter also said that the United States would be better off if California left the union. Coulter was invited by the Republican Party of Stanislaus County to speak at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser at Centre Plaza. Her speaking fee was $25,000. The event organizers revealed that the dinner sold about 600 tickets, the most for the fundraiser in recent memory.
The tickets are reported to have started at $125 each. Coulter’s appearance came after the University of California at Berkeley canceled her Thursday speaking engagement on the campus over safety concerns.
Reports from the Associated Press have indicated that the university’s decision was made after a series of violent clashes this year on campus and in downtown Berkeley between far-right and far-left protesters who come armed with pepper spray, Molotov cocktails, brass knuckles and soda cans filled with concrete.
However, she still planned to speak at the campus on Thursday but she decided not to after her conservative backers withdrew their support.
It turns out that not everybody was pleased with the decision to invite Coulter, to some, it sparked dismay in the community because of what they say are her degrading comments against the poor, Jews, Catholics, Latinos, Muslims, liberals and others. Some of the comments included saying Latino culture accepts child rape.
However, others were upset that those opposing her appearance were trying to stifle free speech. The debate played out among the demonstrators on Friday. This included questions on what a Trump presidency means for the United States.
Some of those who protested Coulter’s appearance said they respected her right to speak but they had the same right to protest what they called her hate-filled views. Some emphasized that Coulter has important things to say and deserved to be heard.