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Full interview: Ben Shapiro vs Andrew Neil

Full interview: Ben Shapiro vs Andrew Neil
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Ben Shapiro is the famous, fast-talking conservative pundit who regularly ‘owns’ aggressive university students with his quick wit and rapid repartee in America.

Alas, Shapiro isn’t so ‘crazy smart’ when he comes up against difficult questions from a real interviewer. Yesterday he just couldn’t cope with an interrogation from the BBC’s Andrew Neil. He decided that Neil must be a typical BBC leftist (complaining at one point that he'd never heard of him) and had an epic tantrum, before storming out of the studio.

https://twitter.com/RobBurl/status/1126816217669488640

He then realised his blunder, and that he'd confused rigorous questioning with "political Leftism" and was about to become a laughing stock. He then sought to use Twitter to row back...

https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/1126561352867147776

Mr S wonders though if American pundits are far less used to robust interrogations...

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