Howard Dean

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is weighing in on the University of California, Berkeley's attempts to silence Conservative commentator Ann Coulter. On Wednesday, the University canceled a scheduled speech by Coulter, citing safety concerns.

Dean claims that Ann Coulter's speech is "not protected by the first amendment", suggesting that it constitutes "hate speech."

Dean's comment came in response to Steven Greenhouse, a writer for the New York Times, who tweeted "Free Speech Defenders Don't Forget: Ann Coulter once said: My only regret w/ Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building."

Dean's dubious claim is not supported by U.S. law, which draws no legal distinction between free speech and so-called hate speech.

Coulter spoke about her Berkeley speech on Thursday's Hannity: