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Ben Shapiro Speaks at Berkeley Amid Massive Security and Protests

Ben Shapiro Speaks at Berkeley Amid Massive Security and Protests

“Facts don’t care about your feelings.”

Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley last night and to look at the campus prior to his arrival, you might have thought President Trump was coming to speak. There was a massive security presence and left wing students came out to protest.

You can see the police presence in the tweets below:

Attendees had to pass through a metal detector:

Outside the venue, student protesters wrongly labeled Shapiro a white supremacist:

Others displayed their ignorance by equating speech with violence:

There were also a few arrests:

Inside the hall, things went smoothly and Ben was able to speak without interruption. He was introduced by a member of the UC Berkeley Republicans and spoke for approximately 25 minutes, then took questions from the audience. Shapiro touched on all of the topics he normally addresses in such appearances.

The false premise of victimhood in the United States, the flawed argument of intersectionality, and also about the protests at Berkeley which tried to prevent him from speaking. You can watch some highlights below:

In this clip, Ben explains what the “Alt-Right” is and reminds people that he is no part of that:

If you want to watch the whole speech, the video below is cued to start at the 14 minute mark:

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Don’t really know much about Shapiro, but this is good stuff, based on watching the three short videos. I’ve bookmarked the last video for later. Thanks, Mike.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Rab. | September 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

    You’ve been missing out…I disagree with some of his things but they are always well-researched and presented.

The arrested individual shown above in Thom Jensen’s tweet reminds me of Saturday Night Live’s “Pat” played by Julia Sweeney. I… I… I just can’t tell!

Seems like someone in, um, transition.

There is now a risk that some students at Berkeley might be tempted to think for themselves thus upending the Leftist party line. What will the faculty slave masters do in response? No slave master can sleep well with the chance of “uppity” slaves on the loose.

That Ben Shapiro guy is a conservative. When you wonder what a conservative is, you can look to him as a type. I can recommend many others.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Ragspierre. | September 15, 2017 at 9:18 am

    You could benefit greatly from his example…particularly in discourse.

    “That Ben Shapiro guy is a conservative. When you wonder what a conservative is, you can look to him as a type. I can recommend many others.”

    I’d appreciate your recommendations. I could stand some guidance. Not afraid to say so.

      Ragspierre in reply to Rab. | September 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Well, where to begin…
      Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Jonah Goldberg, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Prof. Bill (right here on our stage), Andy McCarthy, Mark Levin, Fuzzy Slippers, me, Amy in FL, Henry Hawkins, David French, Kevin Williamson…

      Because of my names curse, those are the ones that come to mind. It’s a start.

      Cleetus in reply to Rab. | September 16, 2017 at 6:50 am

      No real list is complete without Thomas Sowell. There are a great many interviews of him on YouTube and he is extremely well published.

    Ragspierre, thank you.

“…you might have thought Hitler was coming to speak.”

Fixed it for you.

Isn’t it amazing how Ben Shapiro has the courage to speak when threatened, and he’s had many death threats against him and his family, while little lefty thugs are frightened by words.

Ben is one of the good guys and my respect for him knows no bounds. That doesn’t mean I always agree with him but mostly I do. Because he generally knows what he’s talking about.

It is rare when two conservatives agree 100% with one another, but Shapiro is a guy with whom I agree 90% of the time, which is near high as it gets.

His description of the Alt Right was BS. I did enjoy his takedown of the abortion activist.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mojo56. | September 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Oh? Please DO explain how it was “BS”…

      Admittedly I only made it a little over 2 minutes into his 5 minute diatribe but it was all BS up until that point. The last straw was the canard equating the Alt Right with white supremacy. The Alt Right does not believe in the general supremacy of any race, end of story. There is a huge difference between believing that white people have a right to exist and saying white people are superior.

      p.s. Nazi’s are NOT Alt Right.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mojo56. | September 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        Well, references, please. Because the Alt-righters I’ve read certainly are white supremacists. They hove to exactly what Shapiro depicted.

        Asserting that white people have a right to exist is a far, far cry from the guys I’ve read.

        So, you get to show me wrong now.

          Is “alt-right” even a thing? Is it just another media label for “far-right”? The only way to know is to list some authors who call themselves alt-right and then figure out what their unique claims are. I can’t think of any.

          Yes, there are supremacists, white, black and others. There will always be supremacists. But conflating them with the “right” is just a way to undermine the entire non-left bloc.

          So, Shapiro is not really helping conservatives by separating himself from alt-right, because he’s still on the right, and that’s all that public opinion-makers need.

          He’s a good conservative, but a #nevertrumper who won’t recognize that he has more in common with Trump than the alternative. And, when decisions have to be made, you need to be practical, not dogmatically correct.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | September 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm


I wonder why the always charming Yvette Felarca did not make an appearance.

Would it be self defense to punch someone chanting “speech is violence”?

If there’s one thing the Left loathes more than conservatives, it’s Jewish conservatives. The archetypal “Jewish Nazi”, George Soros, is a god to the Left.