Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro speaks at Ohio State

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When Ben Shapiro took the stage of the Performance Hall inside the Ohio Union OSU students gave him a standing ovation, and Shapiro didn’t disappoint his fans. 

The conservative commentator hit on everything from his anti-Clinton views to his anti-Trump anti-Government opinions. 

“Any government that actually becomes the great invader of rights, loses the consent of the people and thereby it’s legitimacy,” he told those in attendance. 

He also poked fun at his haters. 

“I know the young democratic socialists are tabling in case you have nothing better to do and I mean really like nothing better to do,” he said. 

Just outside the auditorium, members of the group Young Democratic Socialists quietly handed out material pushing for an increase of OSU’s minimum wage to $15 an hour as an alternative to protesting. But demonstrators with anti-racist action group were also on hand to do just that, as students like Lisa Fontenat recorded cell phone video of member protesting and chanting. 

“A lot of people were really up close and in other’s faces,” she said. 

OSU was 1 of 6 universities nationwide to host Shapiro out of more than 1,000 that wanted him to appear. 

But for every hater, those in attendance OSU Freshman Alex Kutz, consider Shapiro a hero. 

“I’m actually a fan of his. I’ve been following him for about 4-years now. Ever since I was a freshman in high school,” said Kutz. 

In response to those against OSU’s decision to host Shapiro, a university spokesperson sent a written statement reading, “The Ohio State University is a place for discussion and debate of diverse viewpoints. The event featuring Ben Shapiro is being sponsored by a registered student organization, and the university welcomes our student organizations to host events and bring in speakers.

Ohio State never makes decisions based on the content of speech. “

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