Last Monday, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro gave a speech about fascism and the breakdown of free speech on college campuses nationwide. And to no surprise, there were hundreds of protesters there to speak out against Shapiro. But many of them, it was discovered, didn’t really know why they were protesting.
Several hundred protesters gathered on the UCLA campus this week to protest Shapiro’s speech. Right-wing journalist Austen Fletcher, who goes by the name “Fleccas,” interviewed various students, both Shapiro supporters and the protesters, to see why they were there.
Ironically, the Shapiro protesters failed to state a legitimate criticism of Shapiro.
What did they say?
The protesters chanted things like: “Nazi’s go home,” “It isn’t a debate when you’re just spreading hate” and “Right-wing bigots go away!”
But when asked by Fleccas directly what things they don’t like about Shapiro, many shut down and turned away.
“Uh, pretty much everything I’ve heard him say,” said one protester without naming anything specific.
“In my research I’ve looked at more of [Shapiro’s] bigoted things, I don’t know what his other policies are…” added another protester. A counter-protester then confronted that student, who turned and walked away when presented with facts.
Another student said: “Ben Shapiro incites hate speech. He does not incite free speech.”
The students also chanted “f**k Donald Trump.” One counter-protester noted the absurdity of the protesters by explaining that Shapiro didn’t even vote for Trump.
When another student was confronted on how Trump and Shapiro — again, Shapiro didn’t support Trump — are fascists, the student just walked away.
One kid, a Shapiro supporter, put it best: “I saw a guy with a sign that said ‘f**k Nazis’…Ben Shapiro is Jewish.”