Before Ben Shapiro stormed out of an interview with one of BBC News’s more conservative journalists, who Shapiro incorrectly assumed was a leftist, he explained that he left Breitbart News because of a now-debunked conspiracy theory.
In 2016 the former campaign manager for President Donald J. Trump, Cory Lewendowski, was accused of assaulting former Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields. Video footage later exonerated Lewendowski, but not before Shapiro would quit his job at Breitbart in protest of how they handled the event.
“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”
Video footage proved Fields attempted to touch the then-candidate, prompting Lewendowski to gently maneuver her away from the future president. Fields claimed she was bruised by the incident, and that it rose to the level of assault, while most impartial observers clearly saw a journalist attempting to touch a candidate who had already seen his life threatened numerous times.
Almost three full years later, Shapiro doubled down on the conspiracy during his interview with BBC News’s Andrew Neil, who is frequently derided by the country’s liberal press as too conservative.
“In 2015, 2016 Breitbart made a hard turn in favor of one particular candidate, and that’s their prerogative, lots of publications have an editorial point of view and Breitbart was one of those,” said Shapiro.
He then brought up the debunked conspiracy theory:
“The reason that I left Breitbart specifically, was because of an incident in which a Breitbart reporter, a female reporter, was grabbed by the arm by Cory Lewendowski, then-campaign manager for President Trump, and was bruised on the arm, and then Cory Lewendowski proceeded to lie about it, and Breitbart proceeded to throw its own reporter under the bus, suggest that she was lying or making this up, and at that point I determined that I could no longer work for a publication that wasn’t even willing to stand up for its own reporters and instead would throw those reporters under the bus in favor of a candidate that it sought to back.”
(Note: Big League Politics editor-in-chief Patrick Howley was briefly suspended from his former position at Breitbart for questioning Fields’ series of events, and was later reinstated).
As facts came out, the charges against Lewandowski were eventually dropped, the Trump campaign moved on, Fields faded back into obscurity, and Lewendowski bravely took on the role as the single pro-Trump commentator at CNN.
It appears Shapiro is still unwilling to accept the facts surrounding the event, perhaps because they hurt his feelings.
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President Trump Rejects Paying For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Private Security
The royal celebrities will foot the bill.
President Trump made it clear on a Sunday tweet that British royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have to pay for their own security costs upon moving full-time to the United States, clarifying that they wouldn’t receive federal security under an existing arrangement that covers British royals temporarily visiting the US.
I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
The royal celebrities have distanced themselves from the Queen, apparently viewing themselves as victims of relentless paparazzi and media attention.
Harry and Markle initially moved to Canada after resigning from the royal family, but they’ve recently moved to Hollywood just before the Canadian border was closed to nonessential travel due to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic. The elitist couple apparently plans on reinventing themselves as American-style celebrities, and have hired a small army of media consultants and public relations agents to market their image.
When information of their move to Los Angeles became public knowledge, many began to speculate if they’d recieve taxpayer-funded security in a manner akin to British royals visiting the United States on official state vists. President Trump’s Sunday tweet appears to eliminate that possibility.
The thirteen colonies that became the United States rebelled against the yoke of the British monarchy for a reason. President Trump’s decision to cut off the wannabee celebrities from publicly-funded security is a deeply American decision. The UK’s monarchy is one of the wealthiest legacy institutions in the western world, and it would be absurd to imagine that it can’t afford to hire private security for the ‘former’ royals, who are set to fully renounce their royal obligations at the end of the month.
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