Glenn Beck had several reasons to be in California last weekend. The first was to speak at the Summer Retreat for David Horowitz’s Freedom Center and the second was to address the secretive group of Hollywood conservatives known as “Friends of Abe.”
Friends of Abe regularly hosts events featuring conservative leaders like Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz and others, but information about the group is notoriously hard to come by because members supposedly fear that their careers in the entertainment industry will be ruined if it is known that they are conservative.
This, of course, perfectly mirrors Beck’s own feelings of persecution and grandiose sense of self-importance, so he was predictably amazed and encouraged by the gathering, declaring that the people involved are “a powerful group of heroes” who are “really, truly making history” and will one day have movies made and books written about the bold stand that they took against this anti-conservative “blacklist.”
Beck then lambasted Hollywood for “blacklisting” conservatives in this way, given the industry’s own experience with not only McCarthyism but also past societal and industry pressure that forced gay actors and actresses to remain in the closet.
For Hollywood to now “blacklist” conservatives, Beck said, is “like if a bunch of Holocaust survivors started rounding up Germans and putting them in a concentration camp”: