On Nov. 10, Fordham University’s College Republicans canceled a scheduled speech by columnist Ann Coulter, after the Jesuit university’s president, Joseph M. McShane, publicly rebuked the organization for even considering inviting Coulter. (RELATED: Coulter’s Fordham invite withdrawn)
“To say that I am disappointed with the judgment and maturity of the College Republicans, however, would be a tremendous understatement,” McShane wrote in a statement the day before the event was canceled. “There are many people who can speak to the conservative point of view with integrity and conviction, but Ms. Coulter is not among them. Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative — more heat than light — and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature.”
After the College Republicans took McShane’s advice, the university president softened his tone.
“Allow me to give credit where it is due: the leadership of the College Republicans acted quickly, took responsibility for their decisions, and expressed their regrets sincerely and eloquently,” McShane said.
Coulter has referred to former U.S. Senator John Edwards as a “faggot” and President Barack Obama as a “retard,” each time defending her word choice and rejecting what she claims are the hysterical politics of political correctness. (RELATED VIDEO — Coulter on people offended by her ‘retard’ remark: ‘Screw them’)
The conservative columnist has also supported implementing poll taxes.