In 2014 during an interview on Fox News, right-wing radio show host and all around media lunatic, Glenn Beck, told Megyn Kelly that he regretted using divisive language and fear mongering tactics during his time at Fox News. Beck went on to say,
I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart. I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language. I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of a little more in it together. And now I look back and I realize if we could have talked about the uniting principles a little bit more, instead of just the problems, I think I would look back on it a little more fondly.
Since his time at Fox News, it doesn’t seem like Beck has reduced the amount of hateful hyperbola he uses on air, or has scaled back on his particular style of fear mongering that has made him a fortune pandering to Tea Party radicals and right-wing extremists.
On Saturday, Beck publicly endorsed Texan Senator Ted Cruz for president. Not only did Beck shower Cruz with compliments about the good Senator’s virtue and military prowess, but Beck warned of the dangers of having a divisive and hateful person like Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
In an interview on CNN Monday, Beck took on host Chris Cuomo who accused Beck of playing a role in the creation of the Trump phenomena by promoting years of fear and division. Cuomo pulled no punches as he asked Beck,
But here’s the thing. Is there a little bit of reap what you sow in some of this with the GOP, that engendering and oppositional mode towards government, in ratcheting up negativity as a mainline discourse, you wound up somewhat birthing Donald Trump? And now some of those people who were angry about what was going on and telling people to be angry, now they’ve got somebody who is harnessing the power of exactly that, and you’re disappointed.
Beck, who seemed somewhat thrown off-kilter by this exchange, dodged the question in typical Glenn Beck fashion and placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of progressives, stating,
The progressive movement, and that is what this is — Donald Trump is a progressive, make no mistake. The progressive party was started by Theodore Roosevelt, it was started by a Republican.
Beck then went on to rattle off some propaganda about Senator Bernie Sanders, Socialism and the glories of being an ardent Conversationalist.
In the end it was unclear if Glenn Beck still feels a sense of remorse about his role in exploiting public fear and paranoia for his own ends, or if he has dived deep in the well of ignorance and denial so many Republicans spend their lives hiding in.
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