“I guarantee you, Glenn, during his Presidency, during his reign if you will, he is going to petition the American people to allow a temporary suspension of the Constitution so that he can help America get back on its feet again. He is a danger to America, and I gotta ask you a question and this is serious. This could bring down incredible heat on me because I’m about to suggest something very bad — it is a hypothetical I’m going to ask as a thriller writer. With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as President? If Congress won’t remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that? If — if — he overstates his mandate as President, his constitutionally-granted authority I should say as President, if he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office? I don’t think there is a legal means available.”
In response, Glenn Beck said:
“I would agree with you on that and I don’t think that you actually have the voices. We have been talking about this off-air for a while. I think the voices like ours go away. I don’t think that we are allowed, especially if things…and I believe the economy is going to go to crap…even if Jesus was in office, it’s going to naturally reset. It has to.”
To be sure, Brad Thor was envisioning a hypothetical situation in which Donald Trump, arrogant, nationalistic, bigoted and above all, a shamelessly self-serving narcissist, actually does become greedy about what power Trump may assume while in the office of President of the United States. Given his desire to register Muslims in a federal database and coerce them to wear special identification badges, along with his vision to wall off the border between the United States and Mexico, this notion is certainly not out of the question. Nonetheless, Sirius XM, the radio broadcasting company that air’s Glenn Beck’s show, declared that Glenn Beck had been suspended with the following announcement.
“Sirius XM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone. For that reason, we have suspended The Glenn Beck Program from our Patriot channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward. Sirius XM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values.”
I must confess that I have mixed feelings about this. I do claim the right to indulge myself in a bit of schadenfreude. In addition to being a sober drug addict who only views the world in black and white, Glenn Beck, after all, did say that Mexico “has been overtaken by lawbreakers from the bottom to the top” and that President Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” He also likened advocation for the arts and Al Gore’s tactics against global warming to Nazi propaganda, and compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, noting Obama’s requirement of empathy on the part of Supreme Court Justices when deciding cases and that Hitler’s belief that the euthanasia of children under Aktion T4 was done out of empathy. Not only are these statements appalling, embarrassing and insulting false equivalencies, they demonstrate that Glenn Beck is dead-to-rights guilty of soft Holocaust denial.
On the other hand, I recognize that neither Brad Thor nor Glenn Beck were actually advocating for Donald Trump to be murdered, but expressing concern about the outcome of Trump being inaugurated and becoming power crazy, which, should he be elected, would be a foregone conclusion. While I do not believe that Glenn Beck should have been suspended for sharing Brad Thor’s fearful speculation over a Trump Presidency, I am grateful all the same that for the time being he is off the air. I’ve BEEN tired of his ass.
Featured image: Glenn Beck (Gage Skidmore via Flickr).