Ben Shapiro: ‘Tucker Carlson is lying about me’

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro took a swipe at fellow commentator Tucker Carlson after the former Fox News host said he despises the Daily Wire co-founder.

Carlson told comedian-turned podcaster Russell Brand that he had a “right to despise” Shapiro and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for supporting wars in the Middle East and elsewhere.

“And let me just again speak for Americans, middle-aged Americans, which is what I am. You know, I’ve got four draft-age children, so if you’re playing recklessly, fast, and loose with their lives, then I have a right to despise you, and I do,” Carlson said.

“So if you’re Nikki Haley, who’s running for president, or Ben Shapiro or half the people I see on television casually mentioning the possibility of nuclear war or sending Americans to fight in the Middle East, or in any way involving us in a war that has nothing to do with prosperity and peace at home — nothing, in other words, to do with us Americans — then I have a right to call you out and be really offended because it’s my family,” Carlson continued.

Responding to Carlson in a post to X, Shapiro said that “Tucker is simply lying about my positions.”

“I’ve been calling for a negotiated end to the Ukraine war freezing the lines of conflict since early on in the war. I have never called for American boots on the ground in Ukraine. Ever. I have never called for American boots to defend Israel. Ever,” Shapiro wrote.

“I’ve invited Tucker to sit down multiple times over the past few weeks to clear the air and discuss our differences. He’s said he’s willing, but his team has told us that he’s busy for months because of all of his foreign travel. That offer remains open,” Shapiro added.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.