Ben Shapiro Wants to Talk About 'Campus Thuggery' -- the Campus Wants Counseling
By Steve Kurtz, Fox News
It’s a moving scene. People preparing for the worst, not knowing what damage may occur. Some, perhaps, being evacuated from the area.
Hurricane Harvey? Irma? No. It’s a visit by a right-wing talk show host.
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative website The Daily Wire and host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast, will be speaking this Thursday on the Berkeley campus.
Berkeley, of course, is the home of the Free Speech Movement. In 1964, students organized to demand they be allowed open political advocacy, and outside political speakers.
They’ve had plenty of time to think about it since, and apparently many have changed their minds.
Which is why right wing advocates have had a tough time recently at Berkeley. Violent protests prevented conservatives Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking.
And now posters have appeared on campus accusing Shapiro of “Fascist Intellectual Thuggery in the service of the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime.” That doesn’t bode well. (Shapiro has often criticized Trump, but no matter.)
At least one group, Refuse Fascism, says they’ll be out protesting, though whether there’ll be violence remains to be seen. (Actually, Shapiro spoke at Berkeley in early 2016 with no problem, but that was B.T. — Before Trump.)