On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Friday, host Ben Shapiro ripped sanctuary city policies by the left, saying, “[T]his bastard never should have been in the United States in the first place.”
“The guy should be in prison for a very long time for at least involuntary manslaughter,” stated Ben Shapiro. “And beyond that, the reason this is a political issue is because this bastard never should have been in the United States in the first place. He should not have been here.”
Shapiro’s remarks came as Kate Steinle’s killer Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted in what President Trump called a “disgraceful verdict” yesterday.
Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s comments from his show on Friday:
“Big story number two is that Kate Steinle’s killer was acquitted yesterday on charges of murder.
“The facts of the case—I wanna give you the entire facts of the case so that you know what the jury may or may not have been doing.
“So, let’s begin with what exactly happened.
“Sarah Rumpf has a very good piece over at RedState talking about what exactly happened in this case.
“So, you recall that during the campaign the Kate Steinle case came up over and over—beautiful young woman who was killed on a San Francisco pier by an illegal immigrant. The illegal immigrant had a gun that had been stolen from a federal agent’s car, I guess, and the gun had been fired. The guy admitted to killing the girl. The only question was: Did he do it—was it an accident, or did he do it on purpose? Or was it criminal negligence?
“So, he was charged with second degree murder. The jury also could have found for involuntary manslaughter. That was on the table as well. It seems to me that second degree murder was too high a charge and that involuntary manslaughter seems like the situation that best fits the evidence.
“This may be a case – to give the best gloss on the jury – this may be a case where the jury was basically thrown off by the prosecutor’s failing to press the charges properly. That’s a possibility here.
“Okay, Jeff Sessions has a statement on this.
“This was clearly involuntary manslaughter. The jury could have found that. It’s possible that they just decided to throw out everything because the prosecutors didn’t do their job, but whatever it is, this is an unjust verdict.
“The guy should be in prison for a very long time for at least involuntary manslaughter. And beyond that, the reason this is a political issue is because this bastard never should have been in the United States in the first place. He should not have been here.
“Now, President Trump, when he says, ‘We need a wall,’ the reason we need a wall is because it’s not enough to just repeatedly deport people. You actually have to have some way of preventing them from re-crossing into the country because you have sanctuary cities, you have places where these people can hide.
“Yeah, Trump should be making hay while the sun shines out of this because he is right. This is why Trump won. It’s because of issues like the Kate Steinle issue as I said last night on FOX News.
“Jeff Sessions issued, the Attorney General, issued a statement: the feds may bring charges of their own. Jeff Sessions said, ‘When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle. While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm.’
“So, again, once you’re a felon in possession of a firearm, if that firearm goes off and you kill somebody, it’s pretty hard to see charging and convicting someone of felony possession of a firearm without also charging them with, and convicting them of involuntary manslaughter in a case like this.
“‘The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens.’
“There should be blowback on sanctuary cities, and it shouldn’t have to do anything with the verdict here. If the guy is convicted there should still be blowback on sanctuary cities.”