Ben Shapiro On His Viral Pummeling Of Eric Swalwell: ‘Hope He Gets Well Soon’
Ben Shapiro is participating in a symposium with Elon Musk about antisemitism, organized by the European Jewish Association, in Krakow, Poland, on January 22, 2024.
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Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro took time during his show on Thursday to rehash moments from his viral exchange with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) in a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning.

Shapiro was invited by the Republican-led committee to testify on the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) and alleged coordination between the media and the White House to silence conservative news outlets, including The Daily Wire. After delivering a blistering opening statement on the “cartel” targeting conservative voices, Shapiro faced questions from multiple Democrats, including Swalwell, who tried to derail the hearing.

“The Democrats have been trying for the last week or so to try to misdirect away from the fact that their president is no longer sentient by shouting ‘Project 2025,'” Shapiro said.

“So yesterday at the hearing, I would say about half of the Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee decided to rail about Project 2025, which has literally nothing to do with the subject of this particular committee hearing,” he added. “One of the people who is doing that was Representative Eric Swalwell, who I think just wanted to have a Twitter battle, but in real life.”

During the exchange, Swalwell asked Shapiro if he supports Project 2025 to which Shapiro responded, “I think like President Trump, I haven’t looked all that deeply at Project 2025, but it seems that Democrats on this committee [think that] — sort of like Peter Pan and Tinkerbell — if they say Project 2025 enough, their presidential candidate becomes alive again.”

The clip of Shapiro’s response quickly went viral on social media with many conservatives praising the Daily Wire host for how he handled Swalwell’s off-topic questioning.

“They all know what I’m saying is true,” Shapiro said on his show, referring to Congressional Democrats. “This is an attempt to breathe life back into a failing candidacy. Even Swalwell had to laugh at it because, again, [it’s] true.”

Swalwell continued to trumpet the Project 2025 line on Thursday, posting, “Messaging matters: Stop saying: ‘Project 2025.’ Say: ‘Trump’s Project 2025.’”

Shapiro replied to the congressman’s tweet by posting a GIF of Tinkerbell with the caption “Clap if you believe.”

Despite Shapiro’s quick putdown of Swalewell during the hearing, the Democratic congressman continued to use his time to ask Shapiro about Project 2025 and policies unrelated to the censorship of conservatives, on which the Daily Wire host was at the hearing to testify.

“What he’s really questioning me about, I assume, is just being a conservative,” Shapiro added. “And the idea is that being a conservative is just evil. I don’t think it went particularly well for Representative Swalwell here.”

Swalwell also brought up a past statement from Shapiro on same-sex marriage and sexual activity, and bizarrely congratulated Shapiro for “restrain[ing]” himself against a desire to sleep with women. Swalwell is widely known for reportedly getting romantically involved with a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang.

“I would’ve jumped in at this point and said that Eric Swalwell is probably the last person in America who should talk about the difficulty of struggling with, for example, men as a genetic matter wanting to sleep with many women,” Shapiro said. “Eric Swalwell’s personal history is quite checkered. I decided not to bring that up in a Congressional hearing.”

“So it didn’t go amazing for Representative Swalwell,” he added. “And we hope he gets well soon.”

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