An arrest has been made in an investigation into death threats against Ben Shapiro, conservative talk show host and editor of The Daily Wire.
According to TMZ, the investigation began after Shapiro, who frequently appears on cable news networks and has amassed a huge following on his podcast, filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The threats were against both Shapiro and his family. He and his wife have a young daughter.
According to reports, the LAPD worked on a joint task force with the FBI to hunt down the man making the threats.
Police say he was arrested Wednesday in Washington state, and that the threats were “extremely serious” … not just someone blowing off steam.
Shapiro couldn’t comment because of legal proceedings, but he took to Twitter to thank law enforcement “for their quick and hard work here.”
Thanks to local and federal law enforcement for their quick and hard work here. Stay safe out there, everyone! https://t.co/XHR4wpDo5c
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 1, 2019
The 35-year-old joked about the situation online, tweeting about the photo TMZ chose to publish of him.
In it, he was wearing a Minnesota Twins hat, which he called “slightly humiliating, however. #whitesox forever!”
He followed up: “(For the record, I own all of the MLB hats, and I switch them out when I travel.)”
Shapiro recently made waves when he suggested on his radio show that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has “a lot of the same opinions about Jews that the white supremacist had in that manifesto.”
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 30, 2019
In that comment, he was referring to the attack at the San Diego-area synagogue in which the shooter killed a woman and injured several others.
Shapiro was talking about a 2012 tweet from Omar where she had accused Israel of “hypnotizing the world.” Since being called out by Shapiro, Omar has since apologized for the tweet.
The shooter's entire thesis was that Jews control world politics. You might say that his thesis was that they hypnotize the world. https://t.co/4fI83ZBRXG
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 30, 2019
Shapiro is the editor-in-chief for the conservative news site The Daily Wire, which he founded.
His daily podcast and radio program is called “The Ben Shapiro Show”.
Shapiro, a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, was editor-at-large for Breitbart News from 2012 to 2016. He has written at least 10 books, the latest being No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Right Side Of History.”
In March, The Economist magazine issued an apology to Shapiro after smearing him in a headline. He had conducted an interview with the magazine and the titled it “Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, the alt-right sage without the rage.”
Shapiro, who is an Orthodox Jew, immediately punched back, saying he’s far from “alt-right”.
“This is a vile lie. Not only am I not alt-right, I am probably their leading critic on the right. I was the number one target of their hate in 2016 online according to ADL data. I demand a retraction,” Shapiro said on Twitter.
“Alt-right” technically refers to people who are outside the conservative mainstream, such as neo-Nazis. With that being said, it’s increasingly used by leftist publications and commentators as a smear against any conservative they don’t like.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves for that garbage headline and description. To call yourselves a journalistic outlet and then botch this one so badly is astonishing,” he added.
Shapiro went on to share links showing his attacks on the alt-right, including him criticizing the Charlottesville clashes between some alt-right groups and radical leftist group like ANTIFA.
He then pointed out that in his recently published New York Times bestseller, “The Right Side of History,” he criticized alt-right groups.
The Economist went on to delete the tweet used to promote the article. They also changed the headline and added an editor’s note at the top of it.
It now reads: “Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, a radical conservative.”
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 28, 2019
Shapiro also hit back against the new characterization but said that it was “at least defensible.”
The Economist said that the description of Shapiro was a “mistak[e].”