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Ben Shapiro claims abortion opponents wouldn’t have killed baby Hitler, loses sponsors

"Adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby."

Ben Shapiro at the March For Life in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2019. (Screengrab/Twitter)
Ben Shapiro at the March For Life in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2019. (Screengrab/Twitter)

Right-wing provocateur Ben Shapiro thought a speech at the March for Life was the right time to address a philosophical question about Hitler.

Hours later, multiple advertisers announced they had dropped Shapiro’s podcast after his bizarre comments were viewed millions of times.

Shapiro explained during his speech before the pro-life crowd on Friday why anti-abortion advocates wouldn’t have killed the genocidal German leader when he was a baby.

“The truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler,” Shapiro said. “Because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler — Adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby.”

Toothbrush maker Quip — which Shapiro promoted during Friday’s speech — announced it was done sponsoring him later that day, due to “one of our ads being read in a venue we did not endorse.”

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The company Calm, which promotes relaxation techniques and meditation products, tweeted Friday that it too was done sponsoring Shapiro’s show.

Shapiro reacted to criticism of his “baby Hitler” comments by claiming the video, which garnered millions of views on Friday, was taken out of context.

Ryan Saavedra, who works for the Daily Wire — a conservative website founded and run by Shapiro — claimed the “full context” of his boss’ remarks revealed that “people are simply lying about it.”

However, that footage shows Shapiro somehow jumped from talking about whether abortion lowers crime rates to the merits of murdering baby Hitler, so it’s not entirely clear how the “full context” is supposed to provide vindication.

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Shapiro is the latest conservative talking head to face an erosion of corporate support. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson lost dozens of advertisers after claiming that immigrants make America “dirtier” last month.

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham also lost dozens of sponsors after she mocked a 17-year-old survivor of a school shooting last year. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly lost almost all of his advertisers before the conservative network fired him in 2017 following revelations of multiple sexual harassment claims and settlements.

Shapiro — “the cool kid’s philosopher,” according to the New York Times — faced criticism in November for claiming “left-wing anti-Semitism” is a more dangerous threat than violent white supremacists.