August 19, 2022

Ben Shapiro was just embarrassed by his own writing as Twitter pulls out receipts over birther denial

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This morning, undersized right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro attempted to make the breathtakingly false assertion that he couldn’t think of “a single major Republican figure who said that Barack Obama was not the legitimate President of the United States.”


Shapiro apparently forgot entirely about the racist “birther conspiracy,” which literally led to bills in Congress being introduced, and was supported by a swathe of prominent Republican leaders including Donald Trump and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Shapiro took to Twitter and responded to the avalanche of people telling him how wrong he was by arguing that Trump was a “fringe” character in the Republican Party.

But it only took a little digging to prove that false too — and in hilarious fashion.

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Can you guess who, in 2011, thought that Donald Trump was a prominent Republican and should have run for president against President Obama?

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That’s right! Ostensible “NeverTrumper” Ben Shapiro! Social media was quick to pull out the receipts and humiliated the insufferable little man as he attempted to carry water for racists.

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This little incident makes it clear that Ben Shapiro, who was once profiled as a “provocative gladiator” by the New York Times for his debate club nerd approach to selling reactionary prejudice to affluent teenagers, is nothing but a disingenuous hack with no principles or even any kind of commitment to reality.

For a guy whose tagline is “facts don’t care about your feelings,” it’s pretty telling how he rewrites history to suit his pro-Trump narrative.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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