For the last several months, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has been dealing with some negative press. As a fervent Ted Cruz supporter, Beck seemed to publicly melt down as Cruz’s presidential prospects dimmed. Beck smeared his face with Cheetos. Then there was the announcement that his company was laying off 40 workers and losing money hand over fist as his media empire appeared to be crumbling.Now he may just have hammered in the last nail over comments he made about Donald Trump on air.
SiriusXM has announced a temporary one-week suspension of Beck’s radio program. As Breitbart reported; Sirius issued a statement that “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.”The suspension is in response to the interview Beck did with fiction author Brad Thor last Wednesday, in which Thor likened the GOP’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump to a South American-style dictator who would cause an “extinction-level event” for the country if elected. Thor then declared that in such a case, Congress would not be able to remove Trump from office by “legal means” through impeachment, so Thor asked “what patriot will step up and do that” if Trump oversteps his Constitutional restraints. Beck agreed with Thor’s assessment.
It was widely interpreted that Beck was condoning the assassination of Trump. Considering that Beck can’t seem to go a day without comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler, it wouldn’t be a stretch to interpret his comments this way.
Will this be the end of Glenn Beck’s career? We shall see.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]