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Ben Shapiro: ‘Everyone Is Overheated. It Needs to Stop’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | October 25, 2018 | 2:50 PM EDT

Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live video podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro suggested “Everyone is overheated,” and that “[i]t needs to stop.”

“Okay, let’s all take a step back here,” stated Ben Shapiro. “Everyone is overheated. It needs to stop.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came before noon on Thursday following reports of numerous “suspicious packages” being “sent to Democratic politicians and other high-profile liberals,” according to CNSNews.com, including former President Barack Obama and the Clintons. Shapiro’s comments also stem from a piece published in the Book Review section of The New York Times titled “Five Novelists Imagine Trump’s Next Chapter,” which describes a Russian spy, with the assistance of a Secret Service agent, in an attempt to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his show Thursday:

“But to pretend that every— the world began spinning with President Trump is just absurd, especially considering some of the rhetoric that is used on a fairly frequent basis by folks on the left about President Trump himself.

“So, for example: Today, in The New York Times, or yesterday, in The New York Times, there’s an actual piece in The New York Times – it’s a fiction piece – it says, ‘Five Novelists Image Trump’s Next Chapter.’ This is in The New York Times. It’s in their Book Review section.

“And here’s what they say. They say,

“‘Our focus here at the Book Review is on books and stories, but also on how the books being written and read reflect the world outside of books. And one of the biggest stories out there, of course, is the Mueller investigation and the relationship between Trump and Putin. It’s hard not to speculate about what might happen next. To that end, we thought: Who better than some of today’s most talented spy and crime novelists … ?’

“One of these novelists, a person named Zoë Sharp— Here’s what Zoë Sharp wrote. This is in the pages of The New York Times Book Review. Okay? Quote:

“‘The Russian landed at Dulles after 48 hours of traveling. Of necessity, he came from Moscow by a circuitous route. A long way with a very specific task. There would be no return flight.

“‘In the airport bars, the TVs were tuned to different news channels but the story was the same. First the president’s campaign manager, then his lawyer, a Republican congressman, former aides, family members. Those who weren’t indicted were subpoenaed. House arrest had become fashionable. …”

“And then it goes on and on about how this guy was basically shadowing the president of the United States. And here’s where Zoë Sharp gets to the key:

“‘When it was time, he went downstairs, took his place in the lobby before the entourage appeared. The hotel staff had been lined up to see their boss, the president, go by. A few of them applauded. Most did not.

“‘The president didn’t seem to notice. He waved, in his desultory fashion. The Secret Service agents clustered around him, ushered him toward the armored limo idling outside at the curb.

“‘The Russian waited until they were a few steps past before he drew the gun. He sighted on the center of the president’s back, and squeezed the trigger.

“‘The Makarov misfired.

“‘The Secret Service agent at the president’s shoulder heard the click, spun into a crouch. He registered the scene instantly, drawing his own weapon with razor-edge reflexes.

“‘The Russian tasted failure. He closed his eyes and waited to pay the cost.

“‘It did not come.

“‘He opened his eyes. The Secret Service agent stood before him, presenting his Glock, butt first.

“‘“Here,” the agent said politely. “Use mine. …”’

“Okay? This was printed in The New York Times the same day that the media decided that President Trump was the one who is pursuing violent rhetoric and was the only one pursuing violent rhetoric.

“Okay, let’s all take a step back here. Everyone is overheated. It needs to stop.

“A few things can be true at once: One, wait for all the evidence; two, don’t blame nonviolent but overheated rhetoric for violence; and three, if you want to take the temperature down, you have to obey one and two. If you want to take the temperature down, wait for evidence and don’t blame people for violent attacks by third parties unless they are actively telling the third parties to commit the violent act.

“You want a better country? That’s what we’re all going to need to do. And that means don’t jump to confirmation bias as soon as humanly possible.

“Okay, I’m going to get to the media’s response to all of this, which is just egregious, and then President Trump’s response to the media. Basically, everyone is acting badly here. Everyone is acting as badly as can be, which has become the usual state of affairs in America politics. It’s really quite awful.”


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