Glenn Beck is known for statements that have a tendency to be a bit overblown at times, but his latest bombast has millions of people scratching their heads. Known for preparing for what he views as the inevitable collapse of society, he will sometimes give his listeners advice on how to handle it. So what exactly did he say this time that has so many people puzzled? Well, this time he told people to specifically avoid fifteen major American metro areas if “things go bad.”
He mentioned that the fifteen cities he identified are all on the verge of a “meltdown” and went on to explain that the reason why is because they are the least religious cities in the nation, though he made allusions to how liberal each city is and even commented that they may all be “sanctuary cities,” presumably buying into Donald Trump’s insinuations that nearly all Mexican immigrants are criminals.
The fifteen cities, from starting with number 15 and going to number one, or, according to Beck’s website, going from “bad to don’t even step foot in there,” are St. Louis, Washington D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Columbus, St. Petersburg, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland. Some of the media in a few of the cities have caught wind of Beck’s listing and have released their own rebuttals on August 19.
While it may seem like a no brainer to avoid such hellscapes as Detroit or Boston in good times or bad, placing highly successful utopias like Denver and Portland near the top of any list seems a bit odd. Additionally, nearly all of these cities rank near the top for education levels for citizens and several have some of the best economies in the nation, but that’s probably a coincidence.
The thing is, it’s hard to believe anybody in any of these cities will be too sad to hear about Beck and his followers staying away. Beck is known primarily for his wild eyed conspiracy theories and over the top nature which may appeal to certain segments of the population, but almost certainly would not be missed in areas full of educated people who care little for that sort of sophistry.
In other words, the residents of these fifteen cities find themselves actually agreeing with Glenn Beck, which is no small feat, and would like for he and his followers to avoid setting foot anywhere near them. However, most of the citizens would actually expand on what Beck says and ask that they stay away in good times or bad.
Glenn Beck: uniting Americans one city (or fifteen) at a time. You can listen to the brief segment here.