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Ben Shapiro on Why Kanye West’s and Chance the Rapper’s Tweets ‘Might Actually Matter’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | April 26, 2018 | 3:24 PM EDT

Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (left) and Kanye West with Chance the Rapper (right) (Screenshots)

On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” on Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro explained to his audience why Kanye West’s and Chance the Rapper’s tweets “might actually matter.”

“The reason Kanye’s tweet storm might actually matter, the reason that Chance the Rapper saying this might actually matter is because if Republicans were able to win 15 percent of the black vote – again, black people who made over $100,000 a year in the year before the election, 15 percent of them voted for Trump – if Republicans won 15 percent of the black vote, they would never lose another election,” stated Ben Shapiro. “Really, they would never lose another election in the United States again.”

Later in his show, Shapiro continued, “[A]nd maybe they’re beginning to look at the system that’s pushed by the Democrats and say, ‘Well, you know, I’m going to give this a second look. I’m going to think a second time about this. And if Kanye can say it, then why the hell shouldn’t I say it? Why is that so terrible?’ You know, that’s why this could actually be an important cultural moment because that, and also because the left’s stranglehold on culture, maybe that’s beginning to loosen a little bit.”

Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after Kanye West tweeted his “love” for President Donald J. Trump and Kim Kardashian West defended him on their respective Twitter feeds yesterday. Chance the Rapper got involved in the tweet storm too, suggesting in a tweet that “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” President Trump also got involved, tweeting, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” in response to West’s remarks and later responding to Kanye West’s tweet of an autographed MAGA hat and tweeting simply, “MAGA!”

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

“The reason Kanye’s tweet storm might actually matter, the reason that Chance the Rapper saying this might actually matter is because if Republicans were able to win 15 percent of the black vote – again, black people who made over $100,000 a year in the year before the election, 15 percent of them voted for Trump – if Republicans won 15 percent of the black vote, they would never lose another election. Really, they would never lose another election in the United States again.

“Okay? The fact that the Democrats have been winning elections for so long is almost entirely dependent on the solidarity of the black vote that goes 92, 90 percent to Democratic candidates.

“And there’s something happening. I think there is a ground shift that is beginning to happen. There’s something called preference falsification. Okay? It’s a term that was put forth by a social scientist named Timur Kuran in his book “Private Truths, Public Lies.” This was pointed out to me yesterday by Eric Weinstein, who’s one of the most brilliant people in American public life, MIT, PhD in astrophysics, I believe. I mean, he’s just, he’s a pretty amazing guy. But he pointed out this idea ‘preference falsification.’

“So, preference falsification is this idea that the stuff you say publicly is very much peer-approved. That what you feel privately may not be the stuff that you say publicly. That you may back Trump, but you’re not going to say to a pollster that you back Trump, in other words. And what happens is that as soon as a crack in the wall appears, as soon as somebody says, ‘Well, my secret preference is actually my public preference,’ and your secret preference is also the same as their secret preference – you might say, ‘Well, now the door is open. Now I can say what I really feel.’ And there is this feeling among a lot of conservatives that perhaps there are going to be a lot more minority folks who say, ‘Listen, I don’t want to be boxed into this idea that because I’m black or because I’m Hispanic or because I’m Asian or gay or a woman, that I have to vote Democrat. You know, I’m an independent person with independent thoughts. And if Kanye can say it, hell, I mean, if Kanye can say it, then why can’t I say that?

 

“Alright? Maybe meritocracy isn’t the end of the world. Maybe meritocracy is a good thing.

“You want to know why black folks who make over $100,000 are voting Republican in larger numbers than folks who are under $100,000? I would imagine it has very little to do with tax policy and a lot to do with the feeling that perhaps it’s okay to vote for the perpetuation of the meritocratic system. That we live in an area where if you work hard, you still can get ahead.

“Kanye’s a very wealthy man, and he does actually work hard. Alright? There are a lot of black folks in this country who work intensely hard and make a lot of money because of that, and maybe they’re beginning to look at the system that’s been pushed by the Democrats and say, ‘Well, you know, I’m going to give this a second look. I’m going to think a second time about this. And if Kanye can say it, then why the hell shouldn’t I say it? Why is that so terrible?’ You know, that’s why this could actually be an important cultural moment because that, and also because the left’s stranglehold on culture, maybe that’s beginning to loosen a little bit.

“Maybe cultural figures are beginning to realize, ‘Hey, why exactly do we have to be monolithically Democrat? Why can’t we actually have a different set of thoughts once in a while?’”


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