Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program on Friday by mocking the speech Hillary Clinton delivered last week attacking Donald Trump for his campaign’s ties to the alt-right, a racist, sexist, xenophobic white nationalist movement that is strongly supporting Trump.
While Beck began the program by mocking Clinton’s speech, claiming that the alt-right was just some bogus term made up by the media to attack Trump supporters, he was quickly set straight by his co-host Stu Burguiere, who read Beck some excerpts from a piece written by conservative activist Ben Shapiro warning about the dangers of the movement. Over the course of the broadcast on Friday, Beck went from mocking the idea that the alt-right is anything to worry about to utterly freaking out that Trump’s ties to the movement show that he is “a dictator in the making.”
Beck then spent the weekend doing his own “research” on the movement and dedicated the first hour and a half of his radio program today to beseeching his audience to heed his warnings about the dangers that it represents because he is as convinced of this, he said, as he was when he made his predictions about an economic collapse in 2008 and the rise of an Islamic caliphate.
“Don’t mock the alt-right,” Beck said. “You’d better learn what is happening right now because it’s changing everything.”
“Please, please, do not mock it,” Beck said repeatedly today as he struggled to lay out a predictably incoherent theory that involved the Dadaist movement and Alexander Dugin and a hodgepodge of other tidbits of information in ways that literally made no sense.
But when it came time to finally explain what all of this means today for America in general and for the conservative movement in particular, Beck waffled and decided that now was not the time to reveal it.
“I think I should [hold off.] Let’s at least talk about it one more day,” Beck hesitantly declared. “I’m sorry, I was going to present something to you and I’ve been planning on it all morning and just as the microphone opened, I thought I should wait.”
“I should wait,” he concluded. “That’s the opposite of my nature, so I should wait.”