I’ve said before that I’m not sure if Glenn Beck is actually a mentally unhinged human being who believes the drivel he’s says, or if he’s just an elaborate con man who plays the character of an ultra right-wing fanatic almost flawlessly.
Either way, the 2016 election has brought out a slightly different “side” to the often eccentric founder of the conservative website The Blaze.
While I doubt I’ll ever call myself a “fan” of Beck — and I disagree with him on nearly everything he supports — I’ll give him credit for being one of the few conservatives out there who flat-out refused to support Donald Trump.
Well, during an interview with The New Yorker, Beck actually expressed regret for some of the things he’s said about the president and praised the Obamas.
“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama.” Beck said. “Obama made me a better man.”
He spoke extremely highly of the speech Michelle Obama gave recently where she tore into Trump’s divisivness and hate.
“She didn’t say, ‘The government should do X, Y, or Z.’ She said, ‘We,’ ‘Us’—without a political party. ‘We are better.’ ‘We need to stop this,’ ” Beck stated. “It had to do with, ‘Who are you as a human being?’ ‘How do you view women?’ Brilliant speech,” he said. “That was a moment that transcended all political thought.”
Beck also called the alt-right dangerous, saying they “scare the hell” out of him and he’s received death threats since he’s spoken out against Trump.
I think it’s important to point out that, whether he’ll take full responsibility or not, Beck’s radical, fear-mongering rhetoric over the last several years is the exact sort of propaganda that fueled the irrational hate and anger of the alt-right. If he wants to re-brand himself as someone who opposes that type of rhetoric, he has a long way to go to try to help fix a problem he was a fairly significant catalyst in working up and inspiring.
How much of this “new-ish” Glenn Beck is genuine is anybody’s guess. Like I said at the beginning, I still haven’t figure out if he’s really just someone who’s mentally unstable or nothing more than a very skilled con man who’s become very rich by playing the “character” he feels can make him the most money.
However, for the sake of argument, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that what he said during this interview is true. He does seem to strike me as someone who (and I’ve met a few of these Republicans) have realized that once you step back and realize the truth about President Obama — he wasn’t nearly as bad as they were told he was throughout his presidency.
Plus, after decades of pandering to the worst parts of our society, Trump has become the living embodiment of what happens when you empower deplorable bottom-feeders to levels not seen in nearly half a century. People who’ve seized control of the GOP, turning it into nothing more than a conspiracy-driven hate group fueled by racism, bigotry and ignorance.
I think it’s a fact many moderate Republicans had spent years in denial about because they didn’t want to admit the truth about their party. With Trump’s rise within the GOP, and his immense popularity, it’s hard to deny that the GOP now belongs to people like him and those who back him.
Whether Donald Trump wins or loses, after this election, the Republican party has a decision to make. They’re either going to continue their embrace of the very same shameful and disgusting elements that fueled Trump’s rise within the GOP or they’re going to spend the next few years engaging in an internal “civil war” as they try to force evolutionary changes within the party that they’re desperately going to have to embrace if they want it to remain relevant in the future.