Shapiro on Anti-Trump Rhetoric at VMAs: Don't Count Out Avenatti in 2020
Says only thing unifying Dems is 'hatred' of Trump.
Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro said on "Fox & Friends" that Monday night's MTV VMAs highlighted the "elitist nature" of the left, as yet another awards show turned political.
The show's host, actor-comedian Kevin Hart, opened the show with some jabs at Trump over his tweeting and his opposition to NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
"At this game, you guys are allowed to kneel," he said alongside co-host Tiffany Haddish. “You can do whatever the hell you want. There’s no old white man that can stop you. Do it!"
"You never know what’s gonna happen at the VMAs. I mean beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom to send out crazy tweets," he said later. “It’s basically like your typical day at the White House. In your face, Trump. Suck it!"
After Brian Kilmeade noted that Hart has mostly avoided mentioning Trump or politics in the past, Shapiro said the "Night School" star decided to "virtue-signal" to his Hollywood peers that he also doesn't like the president.
"It was definitely intentional. ... President Trump has basically become the moral litmus test for a lot of folks on the left and on the coast," Shapiro said, arguing that he would not count out the presidential aspirations of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, who made an appearance on the red carpet.
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Kilmeade asked whether Shapiro was serious about Avenatti's chances as a contender for the Democratic nomination in two years.
"I don't see why not. The fact is he's seen as the most anti-Trump guy in the room and if the Democrats under-perform in 2018, I don't see why there wouldn't be a backlash to embrace somebody like Avenatti, who simply spends all of his time simply dogging the president," Shapiro responded.
He also said average Americans across the middle of the country do not look at Hollywood support for Democrats with a "kind eye."
"Hillary Clinton tried this in 2016 by trotting out Lena Dunham at the DNC. It didn't work then, but Democrats seem to be doubling down on what took them there," he said.
Watch the discussion above and more from Ben Shapiro, here.