Is it snowing everywhere in the world today? It must be, given a recent New Yorker article quoting conservative pundit and Fox News alum Glenn Beck’s embrace of President Obama, Michelle Obama and even Black Lives Matter.
Early into his presidency, Beck said he did “a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama.” Clearly. This is a man who said four years ago that the president looked like “the devil.” He also said that the Baltimore uprisings were staged, that the word “colored” wasn’t so bad, and that the NAACP was “a joke.”
Now, he says, “Obama made me a better man.” Beck says he regrets calling the President “a racist” and now counts himself a Black Lives Matter supporter. “There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to,” he said. “I had to listen to them.”
Moreover, Beck reportedly clicked on a video of Michelle Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton days after Trump’s “Grab ‘em by the [redacted]” comments. Without ever saying his name, FLOTUS tore into Trump, saying, “This isn’t about politics, it’s about basic human decency.” On his radio program that day, Beck hailed Mrs. Obama’s remarks as “the most effective political speech I have heard since Ronald Reagan.”
He adds, “She didn’t say, ‘The government should do X, Y, or Z.’ She said, ‘We,’ ‘Us’—without a political party. … It had to do with ‘Who are you as a human being?’ ‘How do you view women?’ Brilliant speech,” he said. “That was a moment that transcended all political thought.”
“I’m at a Dadaist time in my life,” Beck explains of what Black folk might call his ‘come to Jesus’ moment. “So much of what I used to believe was either always a sham or has been made into a sham. There’s nothing deep.”
Beck also called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “unhinged.” Predictably, the alt-right views him as a traitor, and he says he’s even receiving death threats. If his original base abandons him, perhaps he should front a show on TVOne or BET. Given this election season, anything’s possible.
SOURCE: The New Yorker | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty