I guess I’m not the only one who isn’t buying this “new” Glenn Beck. You know, the guy who’s trying to act like he has regrets about being “divisive” and seems to be making an effort to at least seem more moderate – though I’m not buying it at all.
Well, apparently neither is Fox News’ Bob Beckel who absolutely exploded on Glenn Beck, calling him “foolish, ridiculous and disgraceful.”
Beckel’s full statement went a little further though – “That may be the most foolish, ridiculous, disgraceful — no wonder the son-of-a-bitch is off of the TV.”
This was in response to Beck attacking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comments where he said far-right conservatives had no place in the state of New York, by comparing them to Alabama’s former Governor George Wallace who famously told Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to leave Alabama.
Which is a ridiculous comparison. Cuomo’s comments were aimed at radical right conservatives who many people feel are extremely hateful and ignorant. Cuomo said that “moderate Republicans” were welcome in New York because at least sensible, healthy debate could be had with those moderates.
Obviously Cuomo wasn’t really telling far-right Republicans to get out. The basic context of his message was far-right Republicans really have no place in political debate because they’re nuts and their presence only gets in the way of people who are actually trying to get something done.
Whereas George Wallace was a racist who told Dr. King, someone who would eventually become a civil rights icon, to get out of his state essentially because King was fighting for equality in Alabama. Wallace’s remarks were made out of ignorance, hatred and racism.
I can already hear it – “And he was a Democrat!” Yes, he was. When Democrats were often racists – which changed when Republicans implemented the “Southern Strategy” as Democrats became the party for desegregation and civil rights.
So as Beck is trying to portray himself as this new “moderate” who wants to unite people, he continues to make asinine comparisons such as comparing Governor Cuomo (someone who clearly didn’t mean exactly what he said) to a blatant racist in Governor Wallace who once said, “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
And while Beckel’s remarks might have been a bit over the top, I will say it was nice to see someone at Fox News call out Beck’s ridiculousness.
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