FACT CHECK: Did Ben Shapiro Send This Tweet On Columbus Day?
A viral Instagram post allegedly shows Daily Wire co-founder and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeting about his “wife’s bedroom” on Columbus Day.
There isn’t any record of Shapiro sending the tweet. It appears to have been fabricated.
The tweet, purportedly sent by Shapiro Oct. 11 using Twitter for Android, reads, “My daughter woke me up this morning and asked me what day it was. I asked, ‘is it Columbus Day?’ She replied: ‘YEP!’ She then went into my wife’s bedroom and asked her the same question. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Check Your Fact didn’t find any evidence Shapiro sent the tweet. A keyword search of his Twitter timeline turned up no matches for the purported statement, and archived screenshots of his account from Oct. 11 do not show a record of him tweeting it. Other tweets by Shapiro from the same day, such as one at 10:25 a.m., 8:24 p.m. and 9:29 p.m., were posted using the Twitter Web App, a review of his tweets found.
Media outlets also haven’t reported on him tweeting about his “wife’s bedroom” on Columbus Day, except to debunk the authenticity of the supposed tweet. A Daily Wire spokesperson confirmed to Check Your Fact in an email that the tweet was fake. (RELATED: Did Ben Shapiro Send This Tweet About His ‘#RedPill Moment’?)
While the exact origin of the fabricated tweet isn’t clear, it did go viral on Reddit and Twitter in addition to on Facebook’s platforms. In the subreddit r/ToiletPaperUSA, it was shared with a “fake news” warning. On Twitter, one user who shared it later acknowledged it was a “joke.”
This isn’t the first time a fabricated tweet attributed to Shapiro has made the rounds online. In March, Check Your Fact debunked a fake tweet about a “#redpill moment” that was made to look like it was sent by the conservative commentator.