Filling in on Mark Levin’s nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, temporary host and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro called out the media, saying their “agenda,” their “sole goal” in asking President Trump about North Korea, is to make Trump seem “insane.”
“So, today, Trump comes out, and he’s asked again about North Korea, and understand that the media’s agenda here is not to actually get Trump’s opinion on what’s going to happen in North Korea,” stated Ben Shapiro. “Their goal here is to make it seem like Donald Trump is insane. That is their sole goal in life.”
Ben Shapiro’s remarks come after President Trump responded to questions concerning North Korea’s threats, saying North Korea “will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power – the likes of which this world has never seen before” should they continue to threaten the United States.
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s comments from Thursday’s show:
Shapiro: “So, the media are making it out like President Trump is completely out of control with regard to North Korea.
“I don’t see this, at all. I don’t see this, at all. All I see is that President Trump seems to be well in command of his faculties with regard to North Korea. I don’t see him doing anything particularly wrong.
“I see media that is attached to the notion that Trump is a nutcase that’s going to get us into nuclear war.
“Now, this is nothing new. The media have been trying to portray every Republican president, certainly in my lifetime and well before, as a warmonger who wants to start a nuclear war. They said this about Ronald Reagan. They said this about George W. Bush, and they say this now about Donald Trump.
“But the fact is that Donald Trump’s language is not indicative of his actual policy. I mean, if we’ve learned nothing about President Trump at this point, we have learned that President Trump likes to use inflammatory language. Is that fair? Is that fair?
“He says things that are superlative. Everything is superlative with President Trump.
“So, a couple of days ago, President Trump talking about the fact that the North Koreans have now come up with – the CIA has now confirmed – they’ve come up with this, this small nuclear warhead or at least a nuclear mini device that can be fit inside a warhead that can be stacked on top of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and therefore, hit the United States, theoretically. And President Trump responds this way a couple of days ago. You’ve heard all about it, the ‘fire and the fury.’”
Trump: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen.
“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power – the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Shapiro: “Okay, because it’s Trump saying it, it’s hard to take completely seriously because Trump says this kind of stuff all the time. I mean, he could have said this about Mika Burzynski’s face. ‘We’ll meet her face with fire and fury and power and abandonment and series of evil.’ But, the fact is that Mad Dog Mattis, the Defense Secretary, whose word I do take extraordinarily seriously on this stuff, is using very similar language.
“Yesterday, Mad Dog Mattis came out, and he said, ‘The DPRK’—that’s the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—‘should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.’
“Okay, that means that the United States has the military option on the table. And let’s not pretend that Barack Obama was not a quote, unquote ‘warmonger’ with regard to his rhetoric on North Korea.
“Flash back to 2009 when he was talking about North Korea. Of course, he then did nothing, and North Korea continued to develop its nuclear capacity.
“But here’s Barack Obama, circa 2009 on North Korea.”
Obama: “North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I strongly condemn their reckless action. North Korea’s actions endanger the people of Northeast Asia. They are in blatant violation of international law, and they contradict North Korea’s own prior commitments. Now, the United States and the international community must take action in response.”
Shapiro: “Okay, so, even Obama was saying we ‘must take action,’ and Obama would then go on to say that if North Korea were to fire some sort of nuclear weapon at the United States or any of our allies, we would retaliate in kind and destroy them. That was a direct quote, ‘We would destroy them.’
“Okay, so even Barack Obama was using this kind of language, and his credibility was nil.
“So this talk about, Trump is doing something so wildly out of bounds: Bill Clinton, 1993 – it’s a quote from the New York Times, quote, ‘On his weekend visit to South Korea, President Clinton warned that if North Korea developed and used an atomic weapon, “We would quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate. It would mean the end of their country as they know it.”
“Okay, that’s Bill Clinton – not Donald Trump. So, today, Trump comes out, and he’s asked again about North Korea, and understand that the media’s agenda here is not to actually get Trump’s opinion on what’s going to happen in North Korea. Their goal here is to make it seem like Donald Trump is insane. That is their sole goal in life.
“Alright, we already know that they want us to think that Donald Trump is some sort of Russian puppet. We already know that they want us to think that Donald Trump is completely unable to handle every aspect of his job, so now they want us to think that we’re on the verge of nuclear war, that if we leave this dunderhead in charge, we’ll all die in a Terminator 2 conflagration.
“We’ll be, we’ll be Linda Hamilton hanging on to that chain link fence as the blast wave hits us and rips our skin away from our bones. Alright, this is what the media wants us to think, and so they go ask Trump stuff, and because Trump likes inflammatory language, here’s what Trump said.
“Trump said today, ‘If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough,” about the fire and the fury and the power and the fury and the fire. When he was asked what could be tougher than ‘fire and fury,’ he said, ‘We’ll see.’
Okay, now, whenever Trump says, ‘We’ll see.’— just to be accurate about President Trump—whenever he says, ‘We’ll see,’ what that means is we’ll see. And usual it doesn’t mean tremendous action. It usually doesn’t mean tremendous action. When Trump says, ‘We’ll see,’ it usually means he gets kind of passive, right?
“He was asked about his tax returns. He said, ‘We’ll release them, maybe. We’ll see.’ Right? Whenever he says, ‘We’ll see,’ that’s just his was of kicking the can down the road.
“Now, he wants to use harsh language with regard to North Korea, hopefully to dissuade them from doing anything bellicose, but the fact is—do I think we’re two steps from nuclear, do I think we’re one step from nuclear war? No, I don’t, at this moment.
“But again, the entire goal of the left here is to make Trump seem like he’s a complete nutjob.”