— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 17, 2016
The 2016 presidential election has
cursed gifted Americans with a treasure trove of gaffes, elbows to the face, and other brilliant displays of political inanity. Almost all of these incidents have taken place in front of video cameras or audio recording equipment that was, thankfully, turned on at the time. And most, though not all, of them have had something to do with Donald Trump.
Like television’s latest lexical coinage, “turd tornado,” which former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro used to describe Trump during an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar. They were discussing the Republican nominee’s decision to hire Shapiro’s former boss, Breitbart head Stephen Bannon, when the conservative commentator dropped his surprise stink bomb on Keilar. As one Twitter user noted, much of the credit was due to the CNN host for asking the necessary followup question:
SHAPIRO: As you probably know, I think Donald Trump is a “turd tornado.”
KEILAR: A what tornado?
SHAPIRO: A “turd tornado.”
KEILAR: What is that?
SHAPIRO: Well, it’s like a Sharknado, except with poop.
This was an actual exchange that happened on CNN. For a few all-too brief seconds, one of the country’s most-watched cable news networks was wholly concerned with defining a “turd tornado.” Turns out, it’s nothing more than Shapiro’s latest strategy for criticizing the Republican nominee — by referencing a goofy television franchise rife with flying sharks, celebrity cameos and Tara Reid jokes.
Yet Shapiro, who resigned from Breitbart when the company decided to stand with Trump following reporter Michelle Fields’ allegations against Corey Lewandowski, earned himself a great deal of Twitter praise with his comment.
Of course, it was impossible for anyone not to poke a little fun back at Shapiro, a Harvard Law School graduate who dropped a lexical deuce on live television.
Check out the full exchange below: