New York City is preparing for its mayoral primary on June 22, where residents will rank their choices in a crowded field of Democratic candidates, the winner of which is almost certain to win the general election later this year.
The candidates recently had their final debate, in which one question asked what they would ban in New York City if given the opportunity. New York Post reporter Sam Raskin tweeted candidates' answers, and far-right media personality Ben Shapiro attempted to slam some of the candidates for their responses.
The answers ranged from unhealthy drinks to ATVs, but Shapiro pointed out a glaring omission: crime.
Crime is, by definition, illegal, but as any Republican opposing basic gun law reform will tell you, bans don't completely eradicate violations.
Shapiro's calls for criminalizing crime were roundly mocked across social media.
Notably, crime is already illegal. This intellectual powerhouse continues to impress. https://t.co/ha1Hv8ubMO— Nima Shirazi (@Nima Shirazi) 1624041983.0
Society when we make crime illegal https://t.co/rbcsZGR5CK https://t.co/tR0GjgPQ3g— 🏳️🌈Yakuza Ruined My Life🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈Yakuza Ruined My Life🏳️🌈) 1624092595.0
"If only crime were illegal," laments area clown shoe https://t.co/YxwLDuYw3X— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler) 1624041692.0
@benshapiro yo Ben Shapiro bro, for a guy who claims to hate socialism, you sure do love being publicly owned— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1624049701.0
ben shapiro coming up with the idea of banning crime https://t.co/VRMVVeYD5u https://t.co/XMtY7YEosz— fletcher ᗢ (@fletcher ᗢ) 1624198244.0
Pretend I tweeted this 2 days ago https://t.co/aiPzbFgdBi https://t.co/Oz0xDkqIQ0— Shane Emery (@Shane Emery) 1624215148.0
Some were so amazed by the idiocy displayed in the tweet, they couldn't believe it was real.
I was pretty positive this ridiculous tweet had to be a photoshopped spoof, but no, it's there on his timeline. Th… https://t.co/G9xucZgz64— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1624039553.0
I AM IN DISBELIEF THAT THIS IS A REAL TWEET IM LOSING MY MIND https://t.co/rLqqakvgXs— kelsey 🍄 (@kelsey 🍄) 1624074971.0
Some social media users took aim at Shapiro's intelligence, noting his frequent efforts to frame himself as an intellectual.
You just know @benshapiro wrote this with a smug self-satisfied grin on his face, thinking “this’ll show them how s… https://t.co/k5DsXX7kgQ— Curtis Foster (@Curtis Foster) 1624233747.0
ben shapiro schooling us about how crime should be illegal https://t.co/ohyLN5FtCw https://t.co/eNruwucroq— ava 🫀 (@ava 🫀) 1624065140.0
Ben Shapiro when he realized we could just ban crime https://t.co/oms9n8ViOj https://t.co/xgoBghD3Pn— Definitely not a Coati (@Definitely not a Coati) 1624062621.0
This isn't the first time a Shapiro take has been excoriated by the internet. In 2017, Shapiro wondered why homeowners whose houses experience repeated flooding due to climate change don't just sell their homes. They responded with a resounding "Sell their homes to whom?"