By Tessa Osteen
Ben Shapiro, the thirty-three-year-old right wing political commentator, made a visit to the collage on September 14, 2017, where many liberals at UC Berkeley labeled the host as a “fascist” and “white supremacist”. As the editor-in-chief for the Daily Wire and host of a podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, he talks about all things conservatism.
Berkeley geared up for his visit and offered counseling services for students who felt the need to use it. The event was hosted by the Berkeley Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation. He’s scheduled to speak on the subject of “campus thuggery” on schools around the country.
Ben Shapiro and many other conservative commentators are frequently met with counter protesters at UC Berkeley. “An increased and highly visible police presence will be on campus,” Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos released in a statement prior to the event. Likewise, people had to show their tickets to the speech to be able to get in and listen to Shapiro.
The protesters and supporters all met on Bancroft way at 4pm; many people traveled by car to see the conservative writer speak.Violence escalated as the protesters were being pushed down Telegraph Avenue. Security costs for this particular event was over $600,000 over the course of the day.
“In a free country, if you fail, it is probably your own fault,” Shapiro said. The writer had over one thousand tickets sold, but fewer were actually there listening to him. His speech covered his criticism over Antifa and he explained why they’re “stupid.” As the speech went on, opposition outside heated up.
Nine people were arrested at the speech, over many different convictions. Seven of the nine people arrested are from the Bay Area and the other two are from San Bernardino county. The protest was, for the most part, peaceful, and only a couple of altercations took place.