After Breitbart News Senior Editor-At Large Ben Shapiro crashed a UCLA hearing of the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council Tuesday night, the council voted the next morning, seven to five, against the resolution calling for the university to divest from businesses that supposedly “profit from the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.”
On Friday, an anonymous UCLA student sent Shapiro a note informing him that his speech had caused the resolution to be defeated, as someone he knew who was on the voting board confessed it was Shapiro’s speech that insured he would vote against the resolution.
Had the student voted for the resolution, it would have been a tie vote.
The text of the note follows:
Hi Mr. Shapiro,
I really hope you get this email because this will bring a smile to your face. Yesterday night the Bruins Against BDS group got together to celebrate divestment not passing at UCLA, and among the students that were there, 6 of the 7 council members who voted against it came as well, and 1 of them said something very interesting that I thought you should hear. He said, “I walked in to the meeting against it, but during the meeting I wavered a little bit, but then Ben Shapiro made his public comment and I KNEW I had to vote against it. In those 2 minutes he completely swayed me against it and I’ve watched the video of his public comment like 10 times today and told all my friends that HE is the reason I voted against this. He summarized it all so perfectly and I knew that if I was a drop in the bucket to help the BDS movement I could never live with myself.”
I just wanted you to know that you made a difference that night and for that, the Bruins Against BDS could never thank you enough. You should be extremely proud.