On Thursday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, appearing on Fox & Friends, was asked about the Democrats’ dismissive reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, in which they derided Trump for championing traditional American values, even disparaging him for frequently using the term “America.” Shapiro commented succinctly, “Good luck, if that’s your strategy.”
Host Ainsley Earhardt referred to MSNBC’s Joy Reid’s tweet in which she stated: “Church … family … police… military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for. #SOTU.” She asked Shapiro what he thought. He answered:
It’s pretty amazing, the art of politics always used to be getting your opponents to actually oppose motherhood, apple pie and the American flag. Democrats are just embracing that. Joy Reid is basically saying, “Motherhood: terrible. Apple pie: terrible. The American flag: terrible.” This is not is about 1950s America. This is about a gap created by the hard Left in the United States which opposes all of these unifying institutions and that is what was truly amazing about the State of the Union is that the president, I thought, did a good job — this is why the polls reflected how popular the State of the Union was — he did a good job of mentioning a lot of things that unify Americans, among them, things like the police, military and the national anthem, and the flag. And Democrats were sitting for those things or deriding that. Good luck in 2018, if that’s your strategy.
Host Steve Doocy noted that the ACLU complained about Trump’s frequent use of the word America, using the word America “more than 80 times in his speech. Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities.”
Doocy asked, “Do they have a point?”
Shapiro responded: “No. This is astonishing, right? The American Civil Liberties Union, what are they going to call themselves, ‘The International Civil Liberties Union’? They only exist in the United States because of American liberties, American freedoms, the American Constitution. And here they are, deriding the term ‘America’? This is totally nuts. If you are so anti the word ‘America’ because it’s so exclusive, why don’t you just give up the title ‘American’? You should not be considering yourself an American; it’s too exclusionary. Maybe you should be a world citizen with all the privileges that entails.”
Kilmeade asked what Shapiro thought would be the outcome in the November 2018 elections. Shapiro replied:
A lot of it is going to depend on if the president that we saw during the State of the Union is the president that we see for the rest of the year. I thought that he did an excellent job in the State of the Union; he really laid forth the story that he wanted to tell. I think we’re also going to have to see what his agenda is. He talked a lot more about what he did in 2017 than what they intend on doing in 2018 and, of course, Democrats are going to be highly intransigent. The good news is that the president’s greatest ally in Republican victory is Chuck Schumer and the Democrats, who apparently are incompetent at nearly everything, so you could at least stake a little bit of hope if you are a Republican on the idea the Democrats may blow this thing just as they’ve blown everything else over the last couple of years.