Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro invited a wave of rebuke by comparing needing health care to wanting a nice piece of furniture.
Shapiro was responding to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called healthcare a right and denounced President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans’ plan to repeal Obamacare.
You heard it here first folks—health is an accessory in the same way high-quality, hand-stitched, Napa leather couches are. Thanks Ben! pic.twitter.com/DoR6MDxrkL— Lucas Grillos (@LGrillos) January 8, 2017Shapiro’s tweet garnered angry responses from people condemning his remarks as heartless.
Although Shapiro often supports positions taken by President-elect Donald Trump, he does occasionally criticize him. Early Monday Shapiro called out Trumps “hackneyed defense” after Meryl Streep denounced him at the Golden Globes Sunday.
Disappointed in Trump’s Streep tweetstorm. Began strong, fell apart with hackneyed defense of indefensible disabled journalist imitation.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 9, 2017