According to former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, conservative columnist and New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter is not covered under the First Amendment.

"Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment," wrote Dean via Twitter on Friday morning.

The Democrat was captioning a tweet from a New York Times reporter who suggested Coulter's right to speak at the University of California-Berkeley should not be defended, or, perhaps, that she does not have a right to speak at all.

This is absurd, of course. So-called "hate speech" is protected under the First Amendment, since "hate speech" happens to be subjectively deemed offensive speech according to leftists, or, more often, words with which they merely disagree. Even left-wing Politifact has acknowledged this.

Coulter was invited to speak at Berkeley by two student groups, though she was momentarily barred from doing so because the university claimed they couldn't find a safe area for the conservative to be free from violent leftist rioters. After pressure from conservatives and Coulter herself, who said she would go and speak no matter what, the cowardly and anti-American decision was reversed by the university on Thursday, rescheduling the speech for May 2 and in a different location.

Although Dean is not currently serving in the government, he is a quasi-standard-bearer of the Democrats, even trying his hand at becoming the DNC chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz's disgraceful resignation (blatant liar Donna Brazile served as interim chair). His thoughts on the First Amendment are not only terrifying, they give us a glimpse into the Left's true feelings about the Constitution, as if those weren't already clear.

For more on the fight for free speech on college campuses, check out:

YAF To Berkeley: Let Ann Coulter Speak As Planned, Or Face Federal Lawsuit


Conservatives Score Victory for Free Speech at California University