Bill Maher: Berkeley is 'cradle for f------ babies'

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher declared that the University of California at Berkeley is “the cradle for f—king babies” on his show Friday night.

Maher made the remark after university officials rescinded an invitation for conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter to speak on campus, only to restore the invitation for a later date.

“Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech,” Maher said to CNN's S.E. Cupp. “And now it's just the cradle for f—king babies.”

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Coulter's speech set for this Thursday was canceled due to anxiety by school officials that protests could spin out of control the same way they did in February when alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Riots resulted in more than $100,000 in damage to the campus and the speech was cancelled due to security concerns.

But after scathing criticism, the school reversed its decision on Coulter on Thursday, and will host the speech on May 2.

“I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop," Maher said before taking aim at former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean for his tweet stating hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment.

 

“Yes it is!” Maher insisted.

“Threats are not protected by the First Amendment,” the host added.

“It doesn't mean 'just shut up and agree with me.’”

Maher and Coulter are longtime friends. She has appeared on "Real Time" on multiple occasions over the years.

“I obviously don’t believe in his politics, but I like him. He’s a true and loyal friend. He always has been,” Coulter told Sean Hannity last year.

"Plus, he bought me dinner, so I’m not going to say anything bad about it. I’m easy. I’m a cheap date.”

Maher was UC-Berkeley's 2014 fall commencement speaker, but students at the time started a petition to have him removed over a disagreement on the atheist comedian's views on religion and Islamic terror.

The student group tasked with selecting commencement speakers voted to withdraw Maher's invitation, but school officials didn't honor the vote.

“C’mon, it’s Berkeley. I think I can speak freely here,” Maher said during his commencement speech. “I mean, I hope I can.”