Known conservative political commentator and talkative Los Angeles based podcaster Ben Shapiro tweeted a surprising political opinion last night and people lost their minds about it.
In a tweet late on election night, Shapiro wrote that it was "deeply irresponsible" for President Trump to say that he had already won the election when he had not actually done that yet.
This is particularly out of character for longtime conservative Shapiro, who released an eight-minute video back in October talking about why he was voting for Trump.
No, Trump has not already won the election, and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say he has.
And yet, at 11:31 p.m. on Election Night, he had this to say.
No, Trump has not already won the election, and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say he has.— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1604475073.0
This thought upset a lot of his conservative base, who let him know about it.
@benshapiro Unless they're openly cheating Ben, these margins are absolutely massive. This reeks of corruption. I k… https://t.co/fywaxekYzq— Grimmy (@Grimmy)1604475498.0
Arguments ensued in the comments about cheating versus counting ballots.
@pammy_leigh @benshapiro No they aren't. Any vote that is counted is a vote that was cast ON TIME. Count all the votes.— Andrew Primmer (@Andrew Primmer)1604475489.0
At the time of publication, Shapiro's tweet had 22.8k replies.
@benshapiro this upset some of your followers haha— chris melberger (@chris melberger)1604476034.0
Those who don't normally agree with Shapiro were shocked to actually agree with Shapiro.
@benshapiro I agree with you? https://t.co/2GVAD7XhAy— Connor (@Connor)1604475398.0
Then again, others wondered why anyone was getting riled up about the statement in either direction.
So people are praising/hating Ben Shapiro for… *checks notes* saying we should count votes in an election? https://t.co/jmiXC7vw8i— Ben Isaacs (@Ben Isaacs)1604502384.0