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Ben Shapiro’s Homophobic, Islamophobic Tweets Contradict His Claim of Not Being ‘Alt-Right’

Ben Shapiro’s Homophobic, Islamophobic Tweets Contradict His Claim of Not Being ‘Alt-Right’

Last week, The Economist published an article entitled Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, the alt-right sage without the rage. But Shapiro himself, as well as many of his followers, disputed the title, claiming that he is not actually part of the “alt-right.” The Economist later changed the title, after various Twitter users defended Shapiro, and pointed out that he has often been a critic of the alt-right.

PASADENA, CA – JULY 30: Ben Shapiro at the ‘Cenk Uygur vs. Ben Shapiro’ panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

With this said, a recent discovery of old tweets made by Ben Shapiro, and posted by journalist Scott Stedman, show quite a different story.

Stedman shared a long list of tweets made by Shapiro over the years,  which would seemingly confirm that his beliefs, or at least his tweets, fall quite in line with that of the alt-right.  After some digging, HillReporter also found some more of these tweets (see below):

So, while Shapiro argues against the idea that he is part of the alt-right, mostly because of two points: 1) he has condemned the alt-right in the past, and 2) he is Jewish, it can certainly be argued that his political ideologies seem to fall quite in line with a large number of individuals who do classify themselves as being “alt-right”.

So let’s dig a little deeper, and examine what the definition of  “alt-right” really is.  According to Wikipedia:

“[A] grouping of white supremacists/white nationalists, white separatists, anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, neo-fascists, neo-Confederates, Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and other far-right fringe hate groups… [the alt-right has] been described as isolationist, protectionist, and white supremacist, frequently overlapping with neo-Nazism, identitarianism, nativism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and counter-jihad, opposition to immigration, anti-multiculturalism, homophobia, and transphobia, right-wing populism, and the neoreactionary movement. Some alt-rightists are anti-semitic, promoting a conspiracy theory that there is a Jewish conspiracy to bring about white genocide; other alt-rightists view most Jews as members of the white race.”

Ben Shapiro can claim that he is not part of the alt-right as much as his wants, but one thing is for sure: Ben Shapiro’s tweets are part of the alt-right.

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