The Left is always looking for a spin to take down a conservative. Just the other day Ted lieu attacked Candace Owens trying to make it seem like she was a Hilter supporter by quoting her out of context. But this case is even more of a stretch as a WaPo columnist claimed that Ben Shapiro was trying to push a Us vs Them mentality over a frankly innocent tweet.
“Absolutely heartbreaking. A magnificent monument to Western civilization collapsing.”
Someone commented that they thought it was a monument to God so Ben responded.
“It is. And that is why it is a central monument to Western civilization, which was built on the Judeo-Christian heritage.”
And somehow with these tweets, according to WaPo he is evoking a conflict between Islam and the West.
“Many figures on the right took the opportunity to turn Notre Dame into a metonym for Western civilization as a whole, intimating that far more than a cathedral was in peril. Just as the fire hit social media, conspiracy theorist and brain-supplements salesman Mike Cernovich dramatically tweeted that “The West has fallen.” Shortly thereafter, fast-talking far-right pundit Ben Shapiro called Notre Dame a “monument to Western civilization” and “Judeo-Christian heritage.” Given the already-raging rumors about potential Muslim involvement, these tweets evoked the specter of a war between Islam and the West that is already part of numerous far-right narratives.”
Shapiro, of course, spoke out, defending himself.
“Hey, @washingtonpost, any interest in fixing this nonsense? I noted that Notre Dame is a monument to Western civilization because it is. That has nothing to do with blaming Muslims, and to suggest it does is simply a lie.”