Ben Shapiro slams David Hogg calling for Nikki Haley to resign over a ‘lie’

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro on Friday slammed David Hogg for calling for Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleySunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Trump previews UN message: Body 'has not lived up to' its potential Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE’s ambassador to the United Nations, to resign, saying the former Parkland student was "perpetuating a lie" that Haley spent money on her "lavish lifestyle."

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the State Department spent $52,701 last year on curtains for Haley's New York residence, but the report added that the expense was not Haley's decision.

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Shortly after the report, Hogg, who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and went on to become an outspoken gun control activist and Trump administration critic, called for Haley to “resign immediately.”

“Dear Nikki Haley, There are starving children in America everyday and you have the audacity to misappropriate thousands of tax dollars for your own lavish lifestyle,” Hogg wrote on Twitter. “Resign immediately sincerely, America.” 

Shapiro  took to Twitter shortly after Hogg’s post to accuse him of “perpetuating a lie the Times article itself debunks.”

The purchase of the curtains reportedly cost $29,000, while a motorized opener for the curtains cost another $22,801.

Although the installation was paid for during Haley's tenure as ambassador, a spokesman told the Times that plans for the purchase were initially made during the Obama administration in 2016.

Patrick Kennedy, a top State Department official under the Obama administration, defended the purchase of the curtains to the Times and noted that Haley only has one part-time staffer at her residence. 

“All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important,” Kennedy told the newspaper.

However, other Obama-era officials have been more critical of the purchase and are questioning why the purchase was made when the the State Department was facing budget cuts and a hiring freeze.   

“How can you, on the one hand, tell diplomats that basic needs cannot be met and, on the other hand, spend more than $50,000 on a customized curtain system for the ambassador to the U.N.?” Brett Bruen, an Obama White House aide, asked in the Times report.