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Monday, April 25, 2016

When a NeverTrumper crushed on him

Ben Shapiro has become one of the most intense haters of Trump, quitting Breitbart News because its management dared believe the videotape instead of Michelle Fields when she falsely accused Trump's campaign manager of battery. His latest post at the Daily Wire is: "Siding With Trump Is The End Of The Conservative Movement."

But five Aprils ago, Big Ben was crushing on The Donald.

From Ben Shapiro on April 13, 2011:
In the last several weeks, that ideal Republican candidate has materialized.
His name is Donald Trump. His slogan is ready-made: "You're Fired." He does not give a damn what the media thinks of him -- he steamrolled Meredith Vieira during his NBC interview with her last week. He can self-fund to the tune of $1 billion.
And what's more, he can win.
Pay no attention to the recent polls showing Obama crushing Trump by 20 points in a head-to-head match up. That disparity is attributable to the public perception that Trump is a loudmouth with no true interest in running. The moment he declares in earnest and gets on the campaign stump, his numbers will rise dramatically.
Trump has across-the-board appeal. His show, "The Apprentice," routinely draws nearly 9 million viewers per episode. Blue-collar workers identify with Trump's rough-and-tumble attitude. He even has union support -- he's made a political mint bashing outsourcing, and he recently told Human Events that he has made "many billions of dollars working with the unions," though he does not disagree that public sector unions bilk taxpayers.
Trump's image boils down to this: he's a no-nonsense businessman who is brash enough to take on Obama directly. He's big enough to stand toe-to-toe with Obama and slug it out.
And so on, and so forth. Basically Shapiro made the logical case then that many of us make.

Since then, Shapiro has fallen out of love with The Donald. The psychology of that may be junior high and silly.

But Shapiro's love-turned-hate does show that people can change their minds and become very hardened quickly in their new belief.

That is something to bear in mind when someone suggests that Trump cannot be trusted on conservative beliefs because he held opposite positions 20 years ago.


  1. Well, as a huge supporter of the late, lamented, Lee Rodgers - who liked Ben Shapiro a lot, I am sorry to see the Kid go to the Dark Side.

    But he IS a kid, and is likely "crushing" on Michelle Fields and so thinks she can do no wrong so Trump must be the bad guy.

    Pity. But he'll hopefully grow out of it.

  2. Keep one thing very much in mind. The people reading this or that writer out of the Conservative movement aren't Conservatives, but Libertarians - Beck, Erickson, the PJMedia crowd.

    I think Shapiro has been caught up in the moment and his youthful passions have gotten the better of his good sense.

    As Erik says, hopefully he'll grow out of it.

    1. I don't think of those you mentioned as libertarian. Glenn Reynolds claims to be libertarian, but most of the PJM crowd are globalist and/or Zionist neoconservatives, which is where you could classify Shapiro, who hasn't really changed his mind, because he doesn't have one. He's just displaying tribal solidarity. What burns me is that I was a long time supporter of those politics, going so far as donating to the Republican Jewish Committee, mostly out of sympathy for Israel. Having a guy like Trump enter the scene and see the reactions of some of these people to him has been a real eye opener. They really actually have a greater loyalty to Israel and their movement than they do America. Well, screw them. America First. And I don't give a damn what connotations they want to apply to it.

  3. There are days that I thank God I am fifty and firmly middle-aged, and this is one of them. As I have aged I no longer get emotionally invested in the fate of a politician. It feels so good not to care beyond the reach of my one vote.

    - Mikey NTH

    1. NOT same here. That's a defeatist, cynical take. Maybe my three minute face to face with my girl Saira Blair meant nothing...or maybe it gave her the courage to cosponsor the concealed carry law that passed over Tomblin

    2. A law that she is not old enough to use! God bless her. Raised right.

  4. Vietnam War Marines Reunite in Florida to Recreate Photo After 50 Years

  5. I was a Rush Limbaugh dittohead since April of 1992, "was" being the operative word since I no longer listen to his show because I no longer trust him. Rush Limbaugh, the man who claimed Cruz isn’t a liar and Trump isn’t a Republican. Rush, the man who claimed in one breath that he’s not endorsing anyone in the primary {wink-wink nudge-nudge} and in the next breath he said Ted Cruz has got to be your guy. Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who had Eric Erickson, who loathes Trump with a passion, guest host for him last December. Dittoheads will never forget that show.

    I don’t know whatever happened to Rush Limbaugh. Is he one of the media payola recipients? Is he being blackmailed? All I know is he’s changed and I no longer trust him. Period.

    1. BIG props for that post. Stopped listening too, about six weeks ago, after 25 years. He's sold out. So has Levin. Chris Plante on WMAL is still doing good stuff, and weirdly, so is Michael Savage. A guy I once detested. The world is changing fast these days and not for the better. Go DJT.

    2. Agree -- Rush lost me when he praised Rubio as a conservative. As a Floridian, we've seen Rubio's true colors -- amnesty for breaking the law isn't an American value!

      Gary S

  6. I agree with Mike, but I'm older than he. The former (appointed) governor of New York was given a job teaching government at NYU on "retirement". His first lecture was on the duty of a politician. That duty: to get reelected. Nothing more. He happily defended his position, too, for him a most virtuous one. We are better off at a distance from politicians and their fate but given our surround sound age it is hard to keep silent.