'And Then The Race Riots Start': A Look Back At Glenn Beck's Ebola Predictions, One Year Later
One year ago, many Americans were riddled with anxiety over a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus in this nation after a handful of healthcare workers contracted the disease while treating an infected traveler from Liberia.
Predictably, Glenn Beck was among those relentlessly whipping up such fears at the time, dedicting program after program over the course of several weeks to inducing panic among his audience, telling them not to listen to anything that the government said and eventually melting down in a screaming frenzy as he called upon listeners to descend on Washington, D.C., and demand that the government ban all travel from West African nations.
"Are you out of your minds? ... This is about you being so unbelievably incompetent, you are putting the lives of millions of people at stake," Beck shouted as he went completely off the rails:
Beck's nightmare scenario never came close to materializing and after the Ebola panic waned, Beck simply moved on and conveniently forgot all of the dire false warnings that he had issued in the midst of the crisis.
But we have not forgotten. In fact, we have been saving two videos from one year ago, when Beck's panic was at its peak, in which he warned that if the government did not completely ban travel from West African nations, infected individuals would continue to arrive in America and spread the disease throughout poor, black neighborhoods in large cities. In response to widespread outbreaks, Beck warned on October 3, 2014, officials would have to barricade off those areas and quarantine everyone living within them ... and "then the race riots start."
This was not a one-off prediction, as Beck issued a similar warning a week later, saying that once the quarantines are imposed, "then you've got another Ferguson on your hands."
Obviously, these predictions turned out to be totally wrong, but had anything even remotely like this actually occurred, Beck would have immediately claimed to have foreseen it and would continue to cite it for years to come as proof of his prophetic gift.
But since nothing of the sort ever came true, Beck simply ignores these demonstrably false warnings because nothing can undermine his belief that he is "an oracle" with an amazing ability to accurately predict the future.
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