Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire and former editor of Breitbart News, provided one of his signature blunt lectures to a room of conservatives at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.
Shapiro, one of the most vocal critics of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, spoke to a mixed crowd of Trump supporters, anti-Trump’ers, and Never Clinton-types and said that while its acceptable to vote for Trump, it is unacceptable to pretend that he is a real conservative.
“You can hold your nose and vote Trump. I get it. I might do the same thing,” Shapiro told the crowd, “But do not justify perversions of your ideology, perversions of your principles — don’t justify the perversion of your principles in order to justify your support for him… You want to hold your nose and vote Trump, go ahead and do it. You want to destroy conservatism in order to do it, please don’t.”
To add an insult to injury, Shapiro even characterized “conservative” individuals who support Trump as “Sell Outs for Trump” or otherwise some pretty “SOFT” people.
Shapiro received a mixed reception from members of the audience when he referred to Trump as a “garbage heap.”
The comment forced, “cheers and boos from the audience at the Western Conservative Summit, where attendees and speakers wrestled with mixed feelings about the Trump campaign,” the Washington Times reported.
“I think the first thing we need to do as conservatives is recognize a basic truth: Conservatives have already lost this election,” Shapiro said.
“We now have a couple of bad choices in front of us, some really bad choices in front of us. One may be much worse than the other, by the way. But conservatism already lost. So here’s the real question: How do we start over and build this thing up from the beginning?”
Robert Kraychik of The Daily Wire characterized the speech as “fiery.”
“As per usual, Shapiro offered blunt truths for the crowd to digest, warning conservatives of the threat to their values-driven movement posed by a full embrace of Donald Trump,” he wrote.