Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has had it up to here with Donald Trump, even going as far as to accuse his supporters of latent racism. Beck, who hasn’t been shy in his opposition to the Republican frontrunner, said Tuesday that any Tea Partiers who jumped on the Trump bandwagon were probably not genuine in their beliefs.
“The media’s making this look like Tea Party people,” Beck said, noting the press coverage of Trump’s enormous rally in Dallas. “I don’t think these are Tea Party people who are following him. Some of them may be, but if you were a Tea Party person, then you were lying. 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.”
Beck said he didn’t understand what his friends Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin were thinking when they defended Trump.
He concluded by saying, “This guy is just a TV star. That’s what’s happening. He’s a TV star, and people just want to win, and they’ll take anyone.”
Though his remarks on the integrity of Tea Partiers who support Trump are offensive and ignorant, Beck is closer to home on this final analysis. It might be a stretch to say that Republicans will take “anyone,” but it’s definitely true that the Tea Party is ready for a win. A movement built out of outrage against the establishment must either grow or die. At some point, it gets tiresome to simply point out the same old things year after year. Ho hum, another Republican Congress fails to stand up to the Obama agenda. Ho hum, another boring establishment candidate loses to a failing president.
No one is fooled by Donald Trump. This guy’s on television around the clock, and you can’t watch ten minutes of punditry without being reminded of his liberal positions through the years. Voters aren’t blind. They see what the deal is. But what are the alternatives? Jeb friggin’ Bush? The guy who sounds just like Obama on a number of important issues facing the country? Rubio, his padawan? Chris Christie? Come on.
Beck endorses Ben Carson for the conservative voter looking for an outsider, and that’s all well and good. Carson’s poll numbers speak for themselves, and he may overtake Trump as the primaries continue. It’s not hard to imagine Carson – who in his delivery is the anti-Trump – siphoning votes from the brash frontrunner. Of course, that would be very difficult to imagine if Trump’s voter base really was made up of racists who opposed Obama because he was black.
In veering down this strange path, Beck sounds more like a liberal than ever. That’s their job, pretending like every Tea Partier is a closet racist. He should be ashamed of himself for playing that game, even if he doesn’t care to get on board the Trump Express.