Ben Shapiro on Berkeley Speech: 'On the Left, You Never Hear a Differing Viewpoint'
Ben Shapiro called out his critics on Wednesday, reminding those calling him a white supremacist that he is an Orthodox Jew, "literally the number one target" of neo-Nazis.
The University of California at Berkeley is tightening security ahead of the conservative commentator's speech Thursday sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans.
Earlier this year Berkeley erupted in riots protesting speeches by right-wing commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter, both of which were canceled. The school is debuting "Free Speech Week" starting Sep. 24 in an effort to reopen debate.
"Violence in political settings is not appropriate," the editor-in-chief of Daily Wire told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, arguing that many liberals rarely engage with opposing viewpoints.
"So you come up with his notion that's been imbibed wholesale by the Democratic Party that everybody on the right - because you've never heard a right-wing argument - must be a Nazi and Nazis are worth punching," he said.
The Los Angeles Times even headlined a story: "Berkeley braces for right-wing talk show host Ben Shapiro's visit."
In addition, Berkeley offered counseling ahead of Shapiro's speech for students who felt traumatized by his appearance.
"If you feel like you need counseling for my speech you probably need psychiatric help in some way so I guess that's appropriate," Shapiro quipped.
"One of the reasons it's imperative that conservatives go to Berkeley is to demonstrate that this is not going to be a fascist town run by people like Antifa," he said.
Yiannopoulos and Coulter will return to Berkeley along with head of Breitbart News Stephen Bannon.