Unhinged radicals were on display at Ohio State University as they protested against Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro speaking at the school. And street reporter Austen Fletcher aka Fleccas interviewed some of them on video asking what they thought.
Shapiro had been invited by the Young Americans Foundation.
But that didn’t make some in the school happy. The school’s diversity scholarship program sent out a notice to people offering them a safe space.
And then he was met by protesters, many of whome were Young Democratic Soocialists.
From Daily Wire:
While they were quick to slander Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, as a racist, transphobic Nazi, not one could give any evidence to support the vicious accusations.
One protester told Fleccas that Shapiro incited the fatal synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, while others called the conservative a “transphobe” and a “racist.” Shapiro opponents eloquently chanted “Nazi scum, off our streets” and “f*** Shapiro” and held signs advocating for “free abortion on demand” and open borders. They also celebrated the deaths of late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Republican President Ronald Reagan and advocated for violence. At one point, a protester actually puts his hands on Fleccas, who somehow keeps his cool.
While they said they objected to what Shapiro says, they couldn’t cite anything specific:
“He shouldn’t be allowed to have free speech if he’s gonna preach the kind of things he preaches,” said one female protester. When asked what specifically Shapiro has said that she objects to, she replied, “I don’t know what he said specifically.”
“I’m against Ben Shapiro because, uh, it would take a while to describe what’s wrong with him,” screamed another female protester. (Translation: I know nothing about Ben Shapiro other than the false platitudes spouted by my Marxist professor.)
“[Shapiro] doesn’t believe that people should be allowed to live,” said an older gentlemen, adding, “It’s people like him and Trump who are inspiring people to commit murder in this country against people directly impacting my family, such as the Jewish people murdered in Pittsburgh.” (Reminder: Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew.)
An older male protester flipped out on the young Shapiro supporters who just said they were trying to start a conversation. He screamed, “Do I look like Santa Claus?” They responded, “No, you look like Karl Marx.” The older man said he didn’t want to have a conversation, he was “working.” That prompted the Shapiro supporters to ask him if he was being paid to be there.
There were several older men in the group that didn’t look like typical students.
Of course, the radicals don’t want a ‘conversation,’ they simply want you to do what they say.
One of them asked Fleccas if he was “pro-police.” When Fleccas responded that he was, the man tried to grab his microphone.
Fleccas asked ‘Karl Marx’ if he was there to get violent with people, to which he responded, “I’ve been punching Klansmen since before your parents met.” He said if you were sticking up for Ben Shapiro, you might as well be a Klansman. He then threatened Fleccas, “If you get away from these cops, I will end you,”
“Brick by brick, wall by wall, we will make your system fall,” the socialists chanted.
They also had pictures of Ronald Reagan with “Reagan’s dead” written on them. Why? Because Reagan was a staunch defender of freedom and fighter against Communism. He is generally credited as being a major force in bringing down the Soviet Union. This was their way of saying ‘we will triumph.’
“My dad is actually an immigrant from the Soviet Union,” said one Shapiro supporter. “In this country, when you see all these people that are out here protesting for this communist idea again, it scares the crap out of my dad, because my dad left that. He came to this country because he stood for liberty, and he stood for freedom, and he came here for a new start. And now we have people like this, who are trying to bring what my dad escaped. Now we have a new fight,” he warned.