On his daily Facebook podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” on Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro warned his viewers to “get ready for an hour of rage” at the beginning of his show because he was “livid” about anti-Semitism, suggesting that the “Democratic Party has decided to wholesale embrace anti-Semitism.”
“I am livid this morning, livid,” stated Ben Shapiro. “I spent two years fighting anti-Semitism from the right. I spent, legitimately, two years taking on the alt-right every single day, being threatened with death a lot of times. I was the number one recipient of alt-right hate for two years in the United States. And now, the same left that said they were on my side when it came to fighting anti-Semitism. It turns out they were completely full of bull----.
“Okay, the fact is, the Democratic Party has decided to wholesale embrace anti-Semitism,” Shapiro continued in his opening.
Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made “various insulting comments about Israel and Jews,” reported CNSNews.com, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi saying “a resolution condemning anti-Semitism will be ‘enlarged’ to cover other forms of hatred, and it will not mention Omar’s name, ‘because it’s not about her. It’s about these forms of hatred.’” According to CNSNews.com, Rep. Omar as recently got into a spat “with a senior Democratic colleague over remarks insinuating that pro-Israel lawmakers, especially Jewish ones, have dual loyalties to Israel and the United States.”
Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s opening remarks from his podcast Thursday:
“I am livid this morning, livid. I spent two years fighting anti-Semitism from the right. I spent, legitimately, two years taking on the alt-right every single day, being threatened with death a lot of times. I was the number one recipient of alt-right hate for two years in the United States. And now, the same left that said they were on my side when it came to fighting anti-Semitism. It turns out they were completely full of bull----.
“Okay, the fact is, the Democratic Party has decided to wholesale embrace anti-Semitism. Not a little bit, not some, wholesale – wholesale embrace anti-Semitism.
“So, as you know, Ilhan Omar is a vicious anti-Semite. There’s been a lot of talk in the last day or so, about how Ilhan Omar wasn’t actually saying anything anti-Semitic. She was just saying stuff that was anti-Israel.
“Ohh, now this is a convenient excuse, very often, for people who are anti-Semitic. Not all anti-Israel commentary is anti-Semitic. You can criticize the Israeli government. I do it regularly. I’ve done it twice in the last three months I believe. This sort of thing is perfectly normal. You can criticize any government. You can criticize them for any reason. What you cannot do is criticize Jews as a stand-in for Israel.
“Ilhan Omar is not being criticized today because she was critical of Israel. Virtually every member of the Democratic caucus has been because the Democratic Party has moved in a dramatically anti-Israel fashion for a very long time. That does not necessarily mean anti-Semitic. But the same people who proclaim that anti-Israel and anti-Semitic are not the same thing, will then say that open anti-Semitism is not anti-Semitism, it’s just anti-Israel. And that’s what is happening right now.
“They say, on the left, ‘Don’t conflate anti-Israel with anti-Semitic.’ And we say, ‘Okay, seems fair.’ Alright, like, I think that there’s not a great excuse for why you would oppose the only democracy in the region and side with, you know, an actual terrorist government in the Gaza Strip and an actual terrorist government in Judea and Samaria. I’m not sure what would motivate that, but if you want to criticize particular actions of the Israeli government, have at it, just like we have at it right here in the United States when we criticize the actions of the American government. That’s politics.
“But the same people who say, ‘Listen, my criticism of Israel isn’t anti-Semitic. It’s just criticism of Israel.’ Then, when somebody says stuff that is openly anti-Semitic, then they say, ‘Hey, no, no, no. That’s not Jew hatred. That’s just us being anti-Israel.’ You don’t get to have it both ways.”