Ben Shapiro on Joe Biden

Few would’ve expected it, but Ben Shapiro has been forced to comment on Joe Biden ever since his Super Tuesday run that made him the democratic presidential nominee  frontrunner. Unlike the populist figures Bernie sanders and Donald Trump, Joe Biden represents the traditional American moderate democrat. 

Ben Shapiro was highly favorable of Joe Biden’s comeback, if only for reasons that aren’t entirely complimentary. In an article Ben wrote that was published in the the Post-Gazette, Shapiro praised Democratic voters for realizing who Bernie is. 

As Shapiro wrote, “But something happened on the way to a Sanders nomination: Democratic voters realized that Bernie Sanders is Bernie Sanders.”

Shapiro was his usual self in the process of his backhanded compliment to Biden (and his supporters). He chastised the democratic candidate for fudging Super Tuesday by calling it ‘Super Thursday’ and for an additional humiliating gaffe: 

Declaration of Independence with this immortal formulation: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: All men and women created by the — go — you know — you know the thing!”

At the heart of Shapiro’s opinion is that, despite the populist appeal of Bernie Sanders, Democratic voters were ultimately a) pragmatic (believed Joe Biden had a better chance of beating Trump than Sanders) and, more importantly for Shapiro, b) were opposing not just socialism but outright communism. Shapiro sums it up in the following passage:

A Sanders nomination would have meant, practically speaking, half the country rallying around the agenda of a man who once declared he hoped to nationalize every major industry in the United States, a man who has spent decades praising nearly every communist dictatorship on the planet, a man who seethes with disdain for American history and founding principles.

Is Bernie Sanders a Communist? 

As with most of Ben’s rants there is almost always at least some grain of truth to the rant. In service of the claim that Bernie is a communist, that many people (including Ben) often trot out is his a) defense of communist leaders, b) his loose affiliation with Communist parties (or at least those sympathetic to the cause) and c) his personal claim about not having changed his views throughout his long political career. Let’s start from the top. 

In a February 24, 2020 tweet Scott Walker uttered a similar claim, in a tweet that: “Bernie is a communist.” 

Fortunately that ignited a tremendous amount of ink to be spent debunking that claim. The best of which is probably this PolitiFact article that details the ins and outs of the claim. However, even the most pro-Bernie article has to admit that Bernie Sanders has been, at the very least naive, about the potential benefits of communism in the past. As always we recommend readers consume all the resources on this matter before (if ever) making a definitive stance. However, in the meantime, we are going to rate this particular claim as false. With the caveat that Bernie has been perhaps not critical enough of communist leaders in the past. 

Is Joe Biden More Electable Than Bernie Sanders

What a question. Since we asked it ourselves, we feel obliged to answer. The truth is that it’s not entirely clear.  As Sam Harris has argued, that the polling that shows Joe Biden has a worse chance of beating Donald Trump than Bernie Sanders. This quote actually dates back to the previous 2016 election, but Sam stood by it recently: 

If he were the democratic nominee, a billionaire apparatus would do nothing but emphasize his identity as a socialist. There is no way that this country is electing somebody that has to nuance the term ‘socialist’ in a general election. It’s worse than being an atheist. It’s not the only strike against him, but it is a devastating one.

A compelling argument that has to have, at least theoretically, some legs to it. If just the term Socialism has a negative, visceral reaction in many older Americans one would expect to see increased voter turnout from conservative Americans. 

Simultaneously, polls have shifted in the days after Super Tuesday as Biden now shows a larger lead in the General Election against Trump compared to Bernie. With Biden averaging anywhere from +10 to +11 and Sanders polling from +5 to +7 against Trump (as of March 9). 

Given this is a current event, we expect this page to be actively updated in the coming days, weeks and months. Please let us know if you spot any errors or we are missing relevant information. 

As always, should we become aware that Ben has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this. 

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