Not many conservative pundits make it on TMZ.com, but the gossip website does seem to have a soft spot for Ben Shapiro – probably because he’s one of the few political pundits who deign to engage them in conversation.
TMZ is reporting that authorities in Washington State have arrested a man for making death threats against Shapiro.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Shapiro, who frequently appears on cable news shows and has a hugely popular podcast, filed a police report with the LAPD. We’re told the threats were not just against Shapiro but his family as well. He’s married with one daughter.
We’re told the Department got in touch with the FBI and created a joint task force to hunt down the culprit.
Our sources say a man was arrested Wednesday in Washington state for making the threats.
We’re told these threats were “extremely serious” … not just someone blowing off steam.
The site noted that the suspect was arrested during a traffic stop in Kent, a suburb between Seattle and Tacoma. He will make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.
It’s not surprising that Shapiro would be a lightning rod for hatred, given his rousing speeches and tendency to eviscerate the left. It’s also not a shock that, with the liberal dominance of the Seattle area, someone would express a pretty hefty distaste for him.
Unfortunately, we’re living in an era where the extremist voices on both sides yell the loudest, and often the unhinged ones wind up being heard. (It’s a bit disconcerting that there are degrees of death threats ranging from “just someone blowing off steam” to “serious.”)
Here’s hoping that this situation is just an isolated incident and that Shapiro won’t continue receiving death threats that warrant arrests. Here’s hoping that he can continue doing the work that he does so well.