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At Stanford University last week the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro laid waste to the alt-right. Shapiro is a popular speaker on college campuses, and almost always follows basically the same script about the Left and the idiocy of progressive ideology. But of late an alt-right brigade has coordinated a campaign to target Daily Wire staff giving speeches on college campuses across the country, and in response, Shapiro decided to spend a significant portion of his speech hitting at them directly. It’s one of the best speeches he’s ever given and is deserving of an hour of your time:
One of the alt-right figures targeting Shapiro is this guy, Nick Fuentes:
Here's Nick Fuentes denying that the Holocaust happened.
Him and his followers are scum of the earth and their bad faith, anti-Semitic attacks should be shot down by the entire conservative movement. pic.twitter.com/7wJ9S7Q6zv
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) October 30, 2019
Which is what makes these statements by Michelle Malkin so deeply disturbing:
Ethno-nationalist, Fox News contributor, and regular writer for the Daily Wire Michelle Malkin says Ben Shapiro targeted one of the "new right leaders," warns the Right to not denigrate white supremacists and to answer their questions to "win the culture war." pic.twitter.com/1EYgMDpILt
— Matthew Dimitri (@themattdimitri) November 12, 2019
Shapiro’s issues with Fuentes don’t stop at Holocaust denial (though that would certainly be enough). Malkin wonders what Shapiro might have against Fuentes? Well, these videos could explain a few things.
This is Fuentes playing a video game, targeting an Orthodox Jew with his car, running him over after shooting him down, and laughing that he just took down Ben Shapiro:
Or here, where he flashes a switchblade while live streaming a Shapiro event:
Malkin is aware of all of these things; it’s no secret what Fuentes is.
What is disturbing about her comments is the fact that she is running cover for him anyway. There are many who have said she’s “lost it.” But Malkin isn’t stupid, and she isn’t crazy, and therein lies the problem. Malkin is smart and has made a calculated and conscious effort to make herself a thought leader in a faction of the conservative movement that she sees on the ascent. This is disturbing for any conservative who does not want to rub shoulders with racists and Jew-haters. Here’s hoping the conservative political marketplace signals to Malkin loud and clear that partnering with anyone on the alt-right, especially Fuentes, is bad for business.