Benjamin Aaron "Ben" Shapiro is an American political commentator and the Editor Emeritus of The Daily Wire. He is the host of one-man political commentary podcast and live radio show "The Ben Shapiro Show". He was editor-at-large of right-wing news site Breitbart News from 2012-2016. Shapiro is an orthodox Jew, a self-described libertarian and a mainstream conservative, and is often criticized by true conservatives, who accuse him of being a neocon and a member of Conservative Inc. He is the author of 12 books, the first being 'Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth' (2004) and the latest being 'The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent' (2021). In his most recent book, Shapiro discussed the far-left and socialistic tendencies of WEF globalist Klaus Schwab.
Ben Shapiro was born in 1984 in Burbank, California, to two Reagan Republicans. At the age of 12, in 1996, Shapiro played "Schindler's List" on the violin at the Israeli Bonds Banquet hosted by Larry King. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States.
Harassment on Dr. Drew On Call
On July 16, 2015, Ben Shapiro was one of several members of a panel on a show called Dr. Drew On Call along with transgender activist Robert "Zoey" Tur and entertainment journalist Segun Oduolowu. When host Drew Pinsky asked the three panelists of their opinions on Bruce Jenner's achievements and pushing of the transgender agenda, Ben Shapiro pointed out that even though Jenner was a self-declared female, he still has the genetic and biological makeup of a male. While Oduolowu shied away from that part of the discussion after seeking to turn the discussion into a race issue, after Shapiro accidentally called Tur "sir", he aggressively grabbed Shapiro's neck, stating "You'll cut that out now, or you'll go home in an ambulance". Shapiro retorted "Yeah, that seems...mildly inappropriate for a political discussion". The hosts of the show repeatedly blasted and interrupted Shapiro for mentioning facts while barely discouraging violent behavior from Tur. Afterward, Tur threatened Shapiro saying "see you in the parking lot". Tur doubled down on that threat audibly fantasizing about violently "curb-stomping" Shapiro. Tur confirmed his anti-Jewish hatred saying "[Ben Shapiro] comes from a very misogynistic cult anyway, where women are treated differently, they’re not allowed to touch men." in an interview with KFI AM 640's Bill Carroll.
On July 19, 2015, Ben Shapiro filed an investigative report on Tur to the Los Angeles Police Department on charges of battery for grabbing him without his consent. According to some discussion forums, the LAPD dismissed the charges because Tur is a member of a "victimized minority", making threats of physical violence and unwanted touching okay for them to do. Far-left journalists Robin Abcarian and John Amato celebrated the crimes committed by Tur.
Criticism from Mark Dice
Ben Shapiro has faced criticism from many on the Right, who regard him as a member of the Conservative Establishment, also known as Conservative Inc., namely, conservative YouTuber and author Mark Dice, who published a video in May of 2021 stating that Shapiro is undeserving of support from conservatives, titled "Ben Shapiro Caught on Hot Mic - Reveals Who He Really Is When He Thinks No One is Listening". He opens the video stating that "Most mainstream conservatives have gone soft", and shows Shapiro's off-camera hesitancy to criticize the Homosexual Agenda, displayed during a livestream with his subscribers, when he thought the broadcast was over. In the video, Shapiro displays concern over being "boycotted" and losing sponsors, asking a producer to cut out a clip where he calls pansexuality "weird". Dice then states that Shapiro is "in the club", pointing to the fact that he has never had to worry about being censored, banned, or de-platformed from social media, the way many others have. Dice goes on to poke fun at Shapiro's college-age fanbase and ridicule his cowardice during a debate with BBC's Andrew Neil, saying "Conservative Inc's greatest debater runs away from his first real debate". After, Dice points out that despite Shapiro's claims of being a libertarian who supports limited government, he tweeted that he thinks the federal government should coerce people into getting the COVID-19 vaccine, ignoring individual liberty. Dice makes a point of Shapiro's fervent opposition to President Trump in 2016, only tepidly supporting him during the 2020 election. Dice says that Shapiro's supposed Trump support was extremely doubtable, considering how hard he was actively working against him initially, and calls his political analysis "permanently flawed". He then went on to detail Shapiro's smearing of other conservatives along with Trump, calling Ron Paul "anti-semitic" and "manifestly insane" during the Republican Primaries in 2012. Shapiro would later double down on these claims, calling Trump, Paul, and others, including Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan, and Alex Jones, "Alt-Right-friendly". Dice accuses Shapiro of being bankrolled by billionaires, and calls attention to his secret dinner meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as well as his defense from YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. Finally, Dice ends with Shapiro's support for homosexual "marriage" and adoption.
Andrew Neil Interview
In 2019, Shapiro published the book "The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great", which focuses on the importance of Judeo-Christian values and laments the decline of those values in modern America. In a May 2019 interview on BBC where Shapiro was promoting his book, interviewer Andrew Neil suggested that Shapiro's history of remarks were inconsistent with the message of the book. Shapiro took offense to the questioning, accused Neil (a prominent British conservative journalist) of having a left-leaning bias, said Neil was trying to make a "quick buck... off of the fact that I'm popular and no one has ever heard of you", before ending the interview. Shapiro later admitted that he had been "destroyed" by Neil, commenting on Twitter that he "[had broken his] own rule, and wasn't properly prepared".
- "Ben Shapiro Caught on Hot Mic - Reveals Who He Really Is When He Thinks No One is Listening" - Mark Dice
- "Middle Maryland School Kids Taken To Hear Louis Farrakhan Call For Violence Against The 'Crackers'" Ben Shapiro's Truth Revolt
- "Shapiro vs Transgender Reporter Zoey Tur in Heated Caitlyn Jenner Debate on HLN Dr. Drew (FULL)" YouTube
- "Assault / Battery Charges for He/She Zoey Tur" SportsShoopLA.com
- "Zoey Tur assault Ben Shapiro?" Law Stack Exchange
- "Reporter Zoey Tur Triples Down on Threats Against Ben Shapiro" Breitbart.com
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- The Authoritarian Moment by Ben Shapiro ISBN 9780063001824