On Tuesday, April 20, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd by a jury of his peers.
Shortly thereafter, many television personalities, including CNN's Don Lemon, expressed their relief that the former officer, who sparked last summer's protests by kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes, was going to face consequences for his actions.
His remarks on air were later shared on social media.
CNN's Don Lemon: "Justice has been served."— Caleb Howe (@Caleb Howe) 1618953084.0
Conservative provocateur Ben Shapiro, who almost always manages to find the dumbest take on any particular issue, responded to Lemon's message with one of his own.
"And we all know he would never have said this had the reverse verdict been reached"
Twitter was quick to point out Shapiro's stunning lack of logic, despite his supposed devotion to the "facts."
@benshapiro almost like there's a difference between a murderer going free and not.— hasanabi (@hasanabi) 1618953442.0
@benshapiro Yes it’s almost like a murderer being charged with murder is different from a murdered not being charged with murder.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1618954671.0
@benshapiro Ben Shapiro, the intellectual heavyweight on the right wing, struggling to understand why justice would… https://t.co/hRfc43tLsz— Drew (@Drew) 1618953412.0
Shapiro seemed to think pointing out the obvious was, in this case, somehow profound?
@benshapiro Well, because the reverse verdict wouldn’t have been justice, Ben. It would have been approval for the… https://t.co/EZGbAR2MLM— Rob Anderson for Louisiana (@Rob Anderson for Louisiana) 1618955655.0
@benshapiro Breaking: somebody would have said something different in the exact opposite situation. Destroyed with facts and logic!— Beau of The Fifth Column (@Beau of The Fifth Column) 1618956099.0
@benshapiro Well yeah if the murderer had gone free he probably wouldn't think justice had been served good insight Ben— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters) 1618953291.0
Doctor: I am happy to say that the surgery was successful. Ben Shapiro: haha, i bet you wouldn't be saying that if… https://t.co/eRor8XLe23— KnowNothing (@KnowNothing) 1618956581.0
So Ben, you mean to suggest justice is not an objective thing, but whatever a jury decides either way? Sounds like… https://t.co/VZFhzyXm6s— Tim Wise (@Tim Wise) 1618956472.0
Twitter immediately began dunking on the conservative "intellectual."
You’re laughing? Ben Shapiro has to throw his wife in a pool to get her wet and you’re laughing?… https://t.co/a6ZJa9MB48— In My Mind (@In My Mind) 1618956118.0
Ben Shapiro is a small man in every way... https://t.co/VzFqtuduSm— Philip DeFranco 👊🏻 (@Philip DeFranco 👊🏻) 1618953874.0
Shapiro's famous catchphrase even made some unfortunate appearances.
@benshapiro facts don't care about your feelings— 🦎amber 4'11🇻🇳 (@🦎amber 4'11🇻🇳) 1618953450.0
Maybe it's time Ben Shapiro took a little break from Twitter before he embarrasses himself again.