On Tuesday, radio talk show host Glenn Beck angered a number of people after he accused Tea Party supporters who like Donald Trump of being racists. He also questioned whether Trump supporters who align with the small-government movement are really “Tea Partiers.”
“If you were a Tea Party person, then you were lying,” he said. “You were lying. It was about Barack Obama being black. It was about him being a Democrat, because this guy is offering you many of the same things, as shallow as the same way.”
He also identified Fox News’ Sean Hannity as a supporter of the Tea Party, but simply said he disagrees with the conservative talker. The comments were made during a discussion of Trump’s Dallas rally, which attracted some 20,000 supporters.
“Well, we can’t figure out, there’s a lot of people that we know, that we just cannot figure out,” Beck said. “They say they were for the Tea Party, I mean, you know, I’ve had an open conversation with Sean Hannity. He is — he swears he’s a great guy, and everything else. I just disagree with him, on that. Sarah Palin is another one, who had him on the show, and just fell all over him, and just loves him. I don’t understand that.”
Beck, however, wasn’t finished. He seemed to echo statements made by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, who has frequently compared Trump to South American dictators.
“I cannot understand the Trump thing, and it scares the hell out of me,” Beck said. “If there’s anybody who would like the Greek columns, and the gold and the glitter, it’ll be Donald Trump.” Saying that Trump might have his name on a wall between the U.S. and Mexico is “what a dictator says. I mean, remember, it was Leningrad, and then it was Stalingrad. That’s what dictators do. That’s what dictators do. And we are — if it’s not him, it will be someone else, that steps into that role, if we don’t stop this right now.”
Beck’s comments angered a number of people. “Beck is clueless here and I am really getting fed up with the Trump bashing,” one reader said at Breitbart, echoing the sentiments of many. “It is deranged. Trump is right on immigration. Maybe a little too extreme in the rhetoric but we have to stop the level of uncontrolled immigration. We have to end sanctuary cities.”
“Of ALL people Beck shouldn’t hurl racial smears at a Tea Party who stood by him when he was unfairly smeared,” tweeted John Nolte. “I resent you calling Trump supporters racists,” another person added.
Calling Beck, “Weepy the Clown,” one conservative blogger wondered if he was “cozying up to liberals in an attempt to get The Blaze onto cable networks.” Writing at the Western Center for Journalism, Warner Todd Huston said Beck has recently slammed former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a Tea Party favorite, as a “clown,” and said he wants to help sneak Syrian refugees into the country.
It’s not the first time Beck has angered conservatives with accusations of racism. In December 2011, we reported that Beck said Tea Party support of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich “must be about race.” The far-left wing Think Progress used Beck’s words against him in their ongoing smear campaign against conservatives and the Tea Party.
“In a startling admission from a major Tea Party champion, former Fox News host Glenn Beck said Friday that race may be a motivating factor in the Tea Party’s opposition to President Obama,” Think Progress said, twisting Beck’s comments. At the time, Beck made no bones about his disdain for Gingrich, frequently referring to him as a “progressive.”