In the middle of all the commentary and reactions to Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar’s (MN) and Rashida Tlaib’s (MI) press conference on Monday condemning Israel’s decision to bar them entry, the Daily Wire‘s Ben Shapiro was attacked by the left over claims he made about Republicans as it related to Barack Obama’s presidency.
Here’s what he said:
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said he wasn’t aware of “a single major Republican figure” that made claims of former President Obama being an illegitimate president, seemingly ignoring President Trump’s repeated assertions that Obama was not born in the U.S.
“Republicans impeached Bill Clinton in the 1990s, they never made a move to impeach Barack Obama despite the myriad of scandals that cropped up during his administration,” Shapiro said in a video clip reported Monday by The Daily Beast.
Shapiro did not elaborate on the “myriad of scandals” he is referencing.
“I’m not aware of a single major Republican figure who said Barack Obama is not the president of the United States,” he added.
He elaborated on Twitter:
This entire clip, again, revolves around Jamelle Bouie's claim that "the Republican Party of the Obama years…pursued a policy of total opposition, not just blocking Obama but also casting him as fundamentally illegitimate and un-American." Nonsense.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 19, 2019
A number of people – mostly liberals and Democrats – disagreed with Shapiro over his claims, including Intercept columnist and Al Jazeera TV show presenter Mehdi Hasan, who is followed by Rep. Omar. Hasan tweeted this response:
-Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin
-51% of GOP voters https://t.co/Jw3xiwtRuv
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 19, 2019
Omar saw Hasan’s tweet and responded:
This man is such a fool and hateful!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 19, 2019
Shapiro clapped back by using Omar’s own words against her:
Well, obviously I’ve hypnotized the world with the Benjamins… https://t.co/Riyuq0fyev
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 20, 2019
Shapiro’s comment was in reference to tweets Omar ended up deleting earlier this year after she was accused of anti-Semitism for what she wrote.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted on February 10th.
In 2012, Omar tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
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