Personally, I rarely listen to Glenn Beck anymore. I’m tired of the old school revival feel. I tune into political programs for politics and some fun, not for religious preaching and weepiness. And, half the time the show seems to be at commercial, either regular ones or the minute long product endorsements directly from Glenn, using show time, and the several minutes of discussion that leads up to that product placement. He got in a fight with Sarah Palin last week (not that I’m a supporter of Palin anymore, but, there was no call for what Beck did), and no
(Breitbart) On Tuesday, talk radio host Glenn Beck accused the Tea Party supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump of being racists.
While he questioned whether Trump’s supporters are genuine Tea Partiers, Beck said of them, “If you were a Tea Party person, then you were lying. You were lying. It was about Barack Obama being black. It was about him being a Democrat.” Although he later identified fellow talk show host Sean Hannity as a Tea Party supporter who thinks Trump is “a great guy,” Beck said that he simply disagrees with Hannity about Trump.
Beck’s comments came as part of a discussion of Trump’s rally in Texas yesterday before a sold-out crowd of 20,000. Beck stated, “The media’s making this look like [Trump’s supporters are] Tea Party people. I don’t think these are Tea Party people who are following him. Some of them may be, but I think these — I mean, you can’t — if you were a Tea Party person, then you were lying. You were lying. It was about Barack Obama being black. It was about him being a Democrat, because this guy is offering you many of the same things, as shallow as the same way. If you said to me that it bothered you about his past, you said to me, ‘Hey, what about his relationship with Jeremiah Wright? What about what he’s done here, here, and here?’ You’re not bothered by this guy, and it’s exactly the same thing.”
Of course we didn’t support in Obama in 2012 because he’s a Democrat, but no one cared that he was Black. We cared because his policies were terrible. Apparently, though, no Conservative is allowed to express even the most minor of support for Trump. We apparently cannot say we like a bit of what Trump says. Would Beck call me a Progressive if he heard that little ole’ me supports many of Obama’s actions in fighting Islamists, such as his drone strikes and use of special forces to whack Islamist jihadis?
Beck also stated, “Well, we can’t figure out, there’s a lot of people that we know, that we just cannot figure out. They say they were for the Tea Party, I mean, you know, I’ve had an open conversation with Sean Hannity. He is — he swears he’s a great guy, and everything else. I just disagree with him, on that. Sarah Palin is another one, who had him on the show, and just fell all over him, and just loves him. I don’t understand that.”
Look, we know Beck is a big Trump hater, and he has reason to be leery of Trump, but, this is completely over the line. There’s no reason for this insanity, and he’ll be losing a lot of listeners after this rant.
Let’s wonder, though, who are the real supporters of Trump? While many Conservatives/Tea Party folks enjoy some of what Trump is saying and doing, it seems like the big support is coming from your plain old Republicans. There is a difference. These tend to be the folks who do not get all that involved in much of the political debate, they are often bystanders and couldn’t necessarily describe what it means to be an American Conservative. They can get a bit squishy on policy. They can, at times, switch to voting Democrat or a third party. They want things simple: these are the bread and butter voters, those who think about their own pocket-books when voting. They think of themselves as Republican voters, not conservative voters. These seem to be the folks who are supporting Trump, rather than Tea Party folks.
Add in many Democrats who are simply Dems, not liberals or Progressives. People who can switch their vote.
Trump is taking on a big subject, illegal immigration, and saying what people want to hear. Is he legit? I have my doubts. Does he hold some Leftish positions? You bet. Is he perfect? No. Should Beck be calling those who find parts of Trump’s talking points exciting racists? No. Many people want something different from what we’ve seen from politicians, and they want someone who has a different experience. Trump has a populist message against the business as usual Washington politics.
Beck has lost it. He went on to double down by citing Rick Wilson, a big time Republican Establishment guy who has denigrated Trump supporters, who also pushed the raaaaacism meme. Thanks for the memories of a previously good show, Glenn. Can we get Neal Boortz out of retirement to take over the 9-12 time slot?
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