Conservative talk show host and agitprop master Glenn Beck has undergone quite an interesting evolution during this election season. Beck has turned against Republican nominee Donald Trump and the wingnut alt-right wing of the Republican Party that he helped cultivate.
That change in perspective has culminated in outstanding praise for President Barack Obama.
“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama…but Obama made me a better man.” He says that he “regrets” calling the President a racist and even says that he’s a Black Lives Matter supporter. “There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to. I had to listen to them.”
Forgive us if we take Beck’s sudden conversion with a grain of salt. To give you a snapshot of Glenn Beck’s former self, the New Yorker notes that:
Decency is a fresh palette for Beck, who, at Fox, used to scribble on a chalkboard while launching into conspiratorial rants about looming Weimar-esque hyperinflation, Barack Obama’s ties to radicals with population-cleansing schemes, and a Marxist-Islamist cabal itching to take over America. He once described Clinton as “a stereotypical bitch” and accused Obama of being a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
Beck played a significant role in encouraging the paranoid delusions of the conservative far-right, saying things like “I don’t know where [Obama is from] I don’t think he’s from where they issue birth certificates – I think he’s from Hell” and “we already have happening in some parts…we have Islamic law happening in some parts around the world, including America.”
Or, as writer Brandy L Jensen put it:
If you think Glenn Beck had a sincere change of heart I have a few exciting investment opportunities for you
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) November 7, 2016
But it just goes to show how the motivating forces of the right-wing is becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the monster that they’ve created. And, to be fair, he’s not wrong about Trump. “This guy is dangerously unhinged. And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.”
From one unhinged wing-nut to another.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.