Ben Shapiro disagrees with Musk over banning Kanye: He’s not ‘actually inciting violence against people’

The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro shockingly disagreed with Chief Twit Elon Musk for banning rapper Kanye West for a second time on Twitter after he displayed a Star of David with a swastika inside it on the platform, pointing out that Ye was not “actually inciting violence against people.”

Shapiro is a devout Jew but believes the whole mess with West boils down to free speech. He addressed “The Madness of Ye” on his show Friday.

West totally went off the rails Thursday, appearing on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ “Infowars,” spouting antisemitism during an interview that even stunned his radical host.

Musk proceeded to ban Ye not only for the Star of David offense but for other comments that were antisemitic in nature that were posted on Twitter. He has been on a roll lately and banning Ye is one of his latest actions on the platform. Friday, he released a bombshell on Hunter Biden’s laptop via the “Twitter Files.” And there is more to come.

(Audio Credit: The Ben Shapiro Show)

Even though Shapiro found Kanye West’s comments highly offensive and deeply troubling, he noted that the rapper had not incited violence or done anything illegal on the platform. Shapiro believes that Ye should not be banned for exercising his right to free speech.

Media Matters naturally ran with Shapiro’s words on his podcast. Senior Researcher Jason Campbell circulated the clip evidently thinking he snagged the conservative host in a “gotcha” moment. He missed the point… it’s a constitutional moment and Shapiro once again got it right.

“Is what Ye is doing tantamount to incitement? I don’t think so. ‘Cause I have a very strict legal standard for incitement. So do I think that Ye actually should be banned from Twitter? I think the answer is no,” Shapiro stated.

“I don’t think that Ye should be banned from Twitter. In fact, I think the more that Ye has exposed his own behavior, the less seriously people are likely to take his views,” he surmised, alluding to the fact that the person that West is hurting most is himself.

Shapiro went on to discuss the disastrous interview with Alex Jones where West bizarrely wore a full black mask and head covering.

“When you sit there, doing weird Elmo voices carrying a net and a bottle of Yoohoo, people tend to take you less seriously,” he asserted.

“When you show up on Tim Pool with Milo Yiannopoulos and Nick Fuentes. And Tim Pool simply asks you why you are slandering all Jews as opposed to just naming the Hollywood agents that you don’t like, and you get up and you walk out. Sunlight is a pretty good disinfectant here,” Shapiro correctly concluded.

West said during the interview that he saw “good things” about Hitler. Shapiro contends that the rapper’s statement is not, in fact, incitement.

“I see good things about Hitler, also,” West told Jones. “Every human being has value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler. I was thinking about Satan. Whether it’s the Zionists or Hitler — it’s not the person. It’s Satan using the people, who are controlled by demonic forces.”

West continued, “The Jewish media has made us feel like the Nazis and Hitler have never offered anything of value to the world. Meanwhile, there’s all of these things that are happening.”

(Video Credit: The New York Post)

“Do I think that Ye is responsible for actually inciting violence against people? No. Do I think he’s raising the temperature radically? Absolutely. And I speak as somebody who’s personally targeted by name, by Ye in all these interviews, right?’” Shapiro remarked.

“There’s a reason I have 24/7 security. Do I think that Ye is responsible for incitement to the extent that would be necessary to ban him from a platform like Twitter? I do not,” he emphatically stated.

Despite disagreeing with Musk’s decision to ban West from his social media platform, Shapiro says he understands the reasoning behind it.

“I understand why Musk did it. Do I think that Musk should have done it? I actually don’t think that Musk should have done it. So all of these things can be true at once, as always,” he commented.

“Ye should not be banned from Twitter. Ye definitely needs treatment. People who are treating him seriously for their own purposes are sick, deviant. The people around him who are using a person who’s in the middle of a breakdown for their own purposes are perverse and cynical,” Shapiro said, summing up his thoughts on the issue nicely.

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Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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