Last week, a radio show host slammed ardent #NeverTrump “conservative” Ben Shapiro for his fence-sitting during the 2016 election.
“When we needed you, Ben, with your millions of YouTube viewers, and your millions of listeners, and your brand new radio show – when we needed you to help us stand up against Obama and the Democrats and Clinton – you were MIA, man,” said Rich Logis of the Rich Logis show.
“You were nowhere to be found. You were in the comfort of your cozy recording studio, doing this whole ‘right to be right’ thing and saying you’re a principled constitutional conservate. Well guess what, Ben. Principled, constitutional conservatism wouldn’t have meant a damn thing – it would have breathed its last breaths had Hillary Clinton gotten elected.”
“Why is it that Ben Shapiro gets a pass for his devout Never Trumper-ism?” Logis asked. “See the thing about Ben is that he’s a smart guy. But here’s the thing about ‘smarts’ in politics. It sounds good in theory, but the cleanliness of theory is really no match for the mess of reality. Ben’s conservatism is rock solid. He’s pro-life, he’s staunch for free enterprise, and he’s all about state’s rights. He declared his Never Trumperism because he wants to remain neutral.”
Logis argues that in reality, being a Never Trumper equals being a Democrat. His reasoning is that there is no such thing as true neutrality in a free society.
“Everybody is on a side, whether they like it or not, whether they realize it or not, and whether they know it or not,” Logis said. “I want you to know, Ben, it’s not personal. It’s strictly business.”
Logis is right. With Shapiro, it is strictly business. Shapiro’s anti-Trump sentiment makes financial sense. His site, Daily Wire is owned by fracking billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks, who have been Ted Cruz supporters since 2015. The brothers donated $15 million to a pro-Cruz super PAC. Never Trumpism has been a death sentence for media outlets like RedState, who laid off a massive amount of staff last week. But with billions behind an operation like Daily Wire, there will be no shortage of cash to support their poisonous anti-Trump babble. At one point, Daily Wire was in talks to acquire Never Trumper Glenn Beck’s site, The Blaze. Shapiro pitches his Never Trump attitude as holding to “conservative principles.” That may be his motivation, money talks in politics as it does in every other industry.
In any case, Logis elucidated the frustrations that many Trump supporters have with the old guard, traditional “conservatives.” They are simply not willing to fight – to sling mud in order to win. In their view, it’s a compromise of their precious principles. It’s precisely the reason why conservatism has failed to conserve anything in the last 50 years. Politics is a contact sport, and those who are unwilling to fight will be run over.