‘Is This Real?’: Michael Knowles Reacts To Ben Shapiro Rap Video With Tom MacDonald

Michael Knowles
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Daily Wire host Michael Knowles hilariously reacted to Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro’s video with Canadian rapper Tom MacDonald.

In a YouTube video posted shortly after Shapiro’s music video “Facts” dropped, Knowles told his audience he was seeing it for the first time.

At first, he didn’t seem to notice Shapiro, who was wearing a gray hoodie and standing right next to MacDonald, but Knowles got a big laugh after MacDonald said “I ask myself what would Ben do,” and Shapiro’s image then appeared on several TV screens.

“Stop it. No. Get out!” Knowles said once Shapiro started to rap lines like, “Let’s look at the stats. I’ve got the facts. My money’s like Lizzo, my pockets are fat” and “It’s a yarmulke homie, no cap.”


“Was this AI (Artificial Intelligence) or is this real? Ben Shapiro is not rapping. This is real?” Knowles asked in apparent disbelief.

“Man, they kept this a secret, including to me? That’s amazing. Keep going,” he added, as he continued to laugh and enjoy the video.

“It’s pretty good,” Knowles continued, calling it a “very convincing rap performance” by Shapiro. “I guess Ben naturally has an inclination to be a rapper because he talks so fast. I can barely understand him half the time we’re having a conversation.”


The host of “The Michael Knowles Show” then wondered out loud who wrote it and called the rap the “punchline to the” Ben Shapiro Thug Life arc, a persona that started eight years ago.

“It took eight years but we finally got the punchline,” Knowles said. “This is really good. This is really, really funny.”

At the end of the reaction clip, Knowles took a call from MacDonald, who called on followers to help give Shapiro his first number one rap song on the Billboard charts by heading over to iTunes and Amazon to download the song. Later in the day, “Facts” became the #1 song in America, passing top artists on the iTunes charts such as Megan Thee Stallion, Nikki Minaj, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift. 

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