"They are protesting his hateful rhetoric."
Students protesting Daily Wire editor in chief Ben Shapiro's appearance at an Ohio State University event Tuesday repeatedly chanted "John McCain's dead," referencing the late Arizona Republican Senator.
In addition to being a hateful, racist prick, Ben Shapiro is also just extremely lame pic.twitter.com/PcG7idfTjF— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) October 12, 2018
The university's Morrill Scholars Program Student Advisory Council, in an email sent Tuesday, urged students who felt threatened by Shapiro's presence on the campus to "seek a safe environment."
"Shapiro's rhetoric has the potential to threaten the emotional and mental safety of much of the campus community," the advisory council said, adding "If you do not have a safe space or would prefer not to be alone, please feel free to join other Morrill Scholars and our staff in the MSP Learning Community on the 3rd floor of Blackburn house tonight from 5pm-8pm."
Young America's Foundation, who is sponsoring Shapiro's tour across college campuses, told The Federalist that protesters began to chant "Bush Senior's dead" until they realized George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is still alive.
there is no such thing as protesting free speech numbnuts, they are protesting his hateful rhetoric. we'd hate to see another idiot shoot up a mosque because they watched too much propaganda— Scooter Abraham (@ScooterWBush) November 14, 2018
Juan Leon is a Pluralist founding editor. He can be reached @juanemel
Cover image: A man smiles while attending a protest against Daily Wire editor in chief Ben Shapiro at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on November 13, 2018. (Screenshot from Twitter)