Glenn Beck may elicit a lot of emotions among the right and the left, but recently those emotions appear to be flip flopped as the far right has attacked Beck for providing aid to illegal immigrant children be housed in Texas border towns while awaiting their fate from the U.S. government. On the other hand, liberals just have not quite known what to think of Beck’s actions, though there has been little outrage from the left since Beck started his crusade in the last few weeks.
But for all the criticism Beck has received, he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that his border visit was about more than making the right or the left happy. Beck’s border visit was about a higher calling, according to Mediaite:
“Beck said he understands the anger, but insisted he has a “responsibility to God” to put aside politics and help people in need.”
As part of his efforts, Breitbart.com reports that Beck is raising $1.8 million to help with the care of the illegal immigrants.
The site also reports that Beck’s border visit was something the conservative radio host thought President Barack Obama should have been doing, saying the president’s recent trip to Texas without visiting the border worse than former President George W. Bush’s flying over New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina without actually landing and surveying the situation from the ground.
“Beck also attacked his liberal critics, saying, ‘I find it more than ironic than the guy who they have always said hates people who are different and hates illegal aliens and everything else is raising money and is going down and feeding while the president doesn’t even do what George Bush with did with Katrina and fly over the situation.'”
Beck also went on to criticize Obama’s entire handling of the situation:
“Beck took aim at President Barack Obama for failing to secure the border as well. He stated that he believes the president wants an open border and said, ‘His definition of justice may be different than my definition of justice. My definition, the government is to provide justice, and it’s our job to provide mercy. I think the government is failing on justice, but he may have a different definition of justice.’
“He further criticized the politicization of unaccompanied minors at the border declaring, ‘I don’t care if it is the left or the right that’s doing it. It is wrong. It is shameful. It’s un-American, and it’s not the Christian thing to do. We must unite and come together at least on this.'”
What do you think? Is Glenn Beck’s border visit a step too far? And what do you think of President Obama’s handling of the situation? Tell us in the comments section below.
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