Ben Shapiro threatened Beto O’Rourke with gun violence over pro-LGBTQ+ comments.
On Thursday night, during CNN’s LGBTQ+ Town Hall, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declared that he would strip churches of tax-exempt status if they don't support same-sex marriage. The statement, which came in response to a question that included colleges, churches, and charities, received applause from the audience.
"There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us," he said. "And so as president, we're going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans."
The presidential candidate’s support for basic human rights for LGBTQ+ people sent Shapiro into a temper tantrum. As a result, in his own broadcast, Shapiro alleged that O’Rourke would start a “culture war.” Shapiro went on to say that he would “leave the country” or “pick up a gun” if the presidential candidate tried to “indoctrinate” his children into pro-LGBTQ+ policies.
“Beto O'Rourke does not get to raise my child,” Shapiro threatened. “And if he tries, I will meet him at the door with a gun."
O’Rourke’s proposed policy also received backlash from other conservatives such as Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, who said he “will not bow down at the altar of the LGBTQ agenda nor worship their rainbow pride flag.” Graham previously called for Pete Buttigieg to repent for the 'sin' of being gay. This week, he also blamed gay sex for the rise in STIs.
Watch Shapiro’s full rant below: