Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro has struck a defeated, tongue-in-cheek suicidal tone with many of his recent podcast episodes as November draws near and the two candidates with the biggest chances of winning are the ones that he actively despises.
Shapiro’s disdain for Hillary Clinton is well-documented and goes way back to his days as an editor for Breitbart. Coincidentally, that is also where his hate for Trump came to the forefront.
A critic of the GOP nominee, who believes that he is really a closet Democrat that suckered enough Republican voters on board the campaign, Ben Shapiro has gone on record of saying he will vote for neither Hillary nor Trump on Nov. 8.
As Trump goes, Shapiro even stepped down from his Breitbart position after the site refused to back Michelle Fields in her claim that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski pushed her at a rally.
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On a recent episode of The Ben Shapiro Show, the host unpacked Trump’s bad week and his criticisms of the Gold Star Khan Family, whose son died a hero in the Middle East.
After the Republican frontrunner speculated that perhaps Mrs. Khan wasn’t “allowed to speak” because of her religion, there was tremendous backlash. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) even asked why Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans weren’t rescinding their endorsements.
This set off Ben Shapiro.
“To all these Democrats: you guys made Hillary happen. I didn’t make Trump happen, and I’m not standing by him now. And you’re sitting there on your high horse pretending you have some moral superiority? Let me tell you about the moral superiority of Hillary Clinton.”
From there, Shapiro played the widely criticized clip of Clinton lying to Chris Wallace and saying that FBI Director James Comey felt she had not lied.
The Washington Post, Shapiro said, had looked at the claim and given it four Pinocchios — its highest rating for an outright lie on fact-checking — remarking that “Hillary Clinton is cherrypicking statements by Comey to preserve her narrative about the unusual setup of her private server.”
This, the Post report states, allows Clinton to “skate past the more disturbing findings of the FBI investigation” and “As we have seen repeatedly with Clinton’s explanations of the email controversy, she relies on excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions.”
From there, Ben Shapiro noted that while Comey did say there was no evidence Clinton lied to the FBI, “he’s not saying that she’s telling the truth to the American public, which is the point of (Chris) Wallace’s question. Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements.”
In an additional attempt to disprove HRC’s fitness for the White House, Shapiro recalled a time that Clinton had done something similar to Trump — attack Gold Star families.
To prove that point, he rehashed a clip where Clinton said that she understood “the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate” criticisms for her faulty explanation of the Benghazi attack motivations, but “as other members of families who’ve lost loved ones have said, ‘That’s not what they heard.'”
“I don’t hold any ill feeling for someone who in that moment may not fully recall everything that was and wasn’t said.”
This, Ben Shapiro said, was essentially HRC “calling them (Gold Star families) liars.”
Furthermore, he noted, her lies have been covered up by the media and other top-ranking Democrats (like Reid) since 2012 when the Benghazi attacks happened.
“You stumped for her (Clinton) for 25 years and covered up for every scandal,” Shapiro said. “I didn’t want Trump. You wanted Hillary, and you lied about her scandals, and Republicans are the bad guys? Go screw yourself, guys.
Ben Shapiro concluded his assault on Hillary’s record by playing another clip from the Wallace interview in which she addressed the Second Amendment right that people have to own firearms.
“Yes, but that right, like every other of our rights — our First Amendment rights — are subject to reasonable regulations,” Clinton said. When Wallace asked her to follow up by defining a “reasonable” regulation, she could not.
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— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 5, 2016
For journalists like Ben Shapiro as well as a growing number of centrists and libertarians like Reason‘s Matt Welch, Clinton’s inclusion of “First Amendment rights” in her statement was particularly terrifying since she has a long history of trying to implement censorship-friendly legislation.
In “Hail to the Censor!” for Reason, Welch details two instances where the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Clinton’s efforts to undermine the First Amendment in 7-2 and 5-4 votes.
Since the makeup has been shifting to favor liberal justices in the last eight years of the Obama administration, there is a fear that Clinton could revisit some of her initiatives if elected President and able to install more liberal justices to break the 4-4 gridlock currently there.
But what do you think, readers?
Are Welch and Ben Shapiro and others right in their assessment of Clinton as a candidate? Is she more dangerous than Donald Trump? Sound off in the comments section.