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.
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 Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2013
Our hate-filled president slaps religious Americans in the face in the name of "love," using tax $ for gay propaganda pic.twitter.com/wAWZIyY9rX
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 28, 2015
A country that trashes government displays of the Ten Commandments but cheers government displays of gay pride flags is not built to last.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 1, 2015
So, who's looking forward to some good old-fashioned Arabs burning things and murdering Joos?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 23, 2011
Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue. #settlementsrock
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 27, 2010
There will be war tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar. If UN passes, Arabs will begin murdering Jews. If not, Arabs will begin murdering Jews.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 19, 2011
Occupy Wall Street is just like the Arab Spring. Both are run by people who don't shower, hate American capitalism, and despise Israel.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 10, 2011
Leftists: Ban gay conversion therapy! There's no evidence it works! Also, celebrate sex change operations, even though they don't work!
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 4, 2015
I look forward to discussions about removing the gay pride flag from government buildings after today's shooting.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 26, 2015
Odd that all the same leftists who think marriage is an evil, patriarchal institution want its "dignity" extended to gays and lesbians. Hmm.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 30, 2015
Question: WHY is it in America's interest to have a Palestinian state? They promote terror, murder gays, hate America, and kill Jews.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 21, 2011
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Divorcee #ObamaMusicals
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 16, 2012
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 12, 2012
"Latin King Goonies" beat up 3 gays. CBS features graphic of white hand labeled "HATE CRIME" http://drudge.tw/bv2Lfl B/c only whites hate.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 8, 2010
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 26, 2012
So #ThingsWhitePeopleInvented is trending. And of course, all the answers are about how horrible white people are. Awesome.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 26, 2012
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.