Ben Shapiro, the conservative pundit who's so pro-life he once claimed he wouldn't kill baby Hitler if given the opportunity, is surprising nobody by devaluing the lives of elderly people.
He made the statements on his podcast.
Shapiro claimed during an interview with Dave Rubin:
"If somebody who is 81 dies of COVID-19, that is not the same thing as somebody who is 30 dying of COVID-19. If this were killing children, everyone would be in lockdown forever. That's the reality."
Ben Shapiro: "If somebody who is 81 dies of COVID-19, that is not the same thing as somebody who is 30 dying of COV… https://t.co/93RR4LLl3X— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1588187047.0
Shapiro seems to believe whatever works for his desires in the moment.
Repro advocates: Pregnant folks should be able to make their own choices. Ben Shapiro: MURDERERS!!! People: We ne… https://t.co/CMhNNMN3Ap— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1588197084.0
Ben Shapiro, 2017: "A first-trimester fetus has moral value... more value than just a cluster of cells. If left to… https://t.co/3aHIlnG5YQ— Steve Silberman (@Steve Silberman)1588191385.0
Remember when Ben Shapiro said he was so pro-life he wouldn't kill baby Hitler? https://t.co/vvN6os6fDk— Public Citizen (@Public Citizen)1588195359.0
Pro-life conservatives will defend human life in any form...unless it interferes with the economy.
the idea that bureaucrats were going to be making decisions about the value of human life based on actuarial tables… https://t.co/SaIGtnWyvt— Christopher Hooks (@Christopher Hooks)1588189797.0
Few were surprised it took Shapiro so little time to reverse course on his previous statements.
I have to admit I thought it would take longer than a month for the right to reach the point of “the useless old pe… https://t.co/s9v0YKK26Q— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson)1588190943.0
People like this love to use words like "tragic" and "terrible" hastily, and only while on their way to a different… https://t.co/Hp5vfKFOx4— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1588189305.0
Of course, Shapiro's comment was both heartless and factually dubious, considering the virus affects both the elderly AND younger people.
It wasn't so long ago Shapiro was enraged by the idea of a group of younger people determining an older life's worth.
Ah, finally, the death panels Ben Shapiro warned us about have arrived, and they're led by...Ben Shapiro. https://t.co/Rcpf7r5TZf— Jennifer Wright (@Jennifer Wright)1588214079.0
Twitter was, as always, ready to roast Shapiro like their lives depended on it.
So Ben Shapiro wants to save baby Hitler but wants to kill my grandmother? Got it.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1588201281.0
me when I open twitter and see that we’re dunking on Ben Shapiro again https://t.co/aOT795wR21— Isaac K. Lee (@Isaac K. Lee)1588205883.0
Siri, Set alarm for "Day Ben Shapiro turns 81." https://t.co/UinAbFNXmN— Molly McNearney (@Molly McNearney)1588217897.0
Ben Shapiro might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Ben Shapiro is a psychopath but did you know he is also very very very very dumb?— Monjula Ray (@Monjula Ray)1588214851.0
Ben Shapiro is such a powerful logical thinker that he can't even figure out that the life expectancy is 80 because… https://t.co/jNQL6HVGVK— Alexandra Erin (@Alexandra Erin)1588214832.0
Let's make things easy.
If re-opening the country involves deciding whether your grandparents ought to die, it's too early to re-open the country.