Satellite radio provider Sirius XM announced that they have suspended Glenn Beck’s syndicated talk show from their “Patriot” channel for one week. The reason? A conversation that Beck had last week with fiction writer Brad Thor, where Thor suggested that it might become necessary for Americans to use “illegal means” to take out Donald Trump.
Here is a portion of the statement that Sirius XM released:
SiriusXM 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. SiriusXM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values.
During the conversation, Thor compared Trump to a South American type dictator and said his election could bring about an “extinction level event” to the United States. Thor knew before he spoke the words that he was going to catch a lot of grief, saying, “I’m about to suggest something very bad.” But he went ahead and said it anyway.
Thor talks about how he believes the current congress would not act to reign in President Trump if he exceeds “his constitutional authority as president.” He says that if congress won’t remove Trump from office, “what patriot” would be willing to “step up and do that.” That in and of itself was a thinly veiled call for violence, but Thor wasn’t done. Next, he says this:
If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office? And I don’t think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in to get Trump out of office because you won’t be able to do it through Congress.
It’s certainly not fair to hold a talk show host accountable for something a guest says. But after Thor makes that statement, Beck doesn’t challenge him on it at all. Instead, he agrees with Thor, saying:
I would agree with you on that and I don’t think you actually have the voices we’ve been talking about and we’ve been talking about this off-air for a while.
It’s no secret that Glenn Beck hates Donald Trump. In January, the talk show host announced his endorsement of Ted Cruz and has been in attack mode against The Donald ever since. But to engage in a discussion where you appear to be agreeing with a guest who just suggested that a presidential candidate may need to be assassinated is well beyond the bounds of acceptable conversation, and Glenn Beck may be about to lose a major outlet because of it. The last thing a company like Sirius XM wants is the publicity that would come from some random nutbag who decides to take up Thor’s idea and take a shot at Trump, then announces that he got the idea from satellite radio.
In a way, this comes as no surprise. Beck has been involved in a slow implosion ever since his show on Fox News was cancelled. Can it be long before we see him standing on a street corner, yelling at passers-by?
Here’s the conversation between Beck and Thor:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/265875584″ params=”color=ff5500″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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