Add Glenn Beck to the long line of people confused by Donald Trump. Beck has been critical of the man for a while now, but today the radio host digged into the Donald’s support base, questioning if “tea party” Trumpetes are really tea party members at all:
“The media’s making this look like [Trump’s supporters are] Tea Party people. I don’t think these are Tea Party people who are following him. Some of them may be, but I think these — I mean, you can’t — 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. If you said to me that it bothered you about his past, you said to me, ‘Hey, what about his relationship with Jeremiah Wright? What about what he’s done here, here, and here?’ You’re not bothered by this guy, and it’s exactly the same thing.”
Beck is spot one of course. The people who support Trump can’t consider themselves grassroots conservatives. He shares so much with the same people the so called “base” has hated for years. Therefore, the people who back him support him for reasons of identity, personality, or more nefarious reasons. Experience, positions, ideology, intelligence aren’t factors in their support. Mainly because he has virtually none of these.
Beck continues,”Well, we can’t figure out, there’s a lot of people that we know, that we just cannot figure out. They say they were for the Tea Party, I mean, you know, I’ve had an open conversation with Sean Hannity. He is — he swears he’s a great guy, and everything else. I just disagree with him, on that. Sarah Palin is another one, who had him on the show, and just fell all over him, and just loves him. I don’t understand that….I cannot understand the Trump thing, and it scares the hell out of me…If there’s anybody who would like the Greek columns, and the gold and the glitter, it’ll be Donald Trump.”
Lastly, Beck said that Trump wanting his name on the wall between the US and Mexico is “what a dictator says. I mean, remember, it was Leningrad, and then it was Stalingrad. That’s what dictators do. That’s what dictators do. And we are — if it’s not him, it will be someone else, that steps into that role, if we don’t stop this right now.”