Pundit Glenn Beck has always had a strangely affable vibe about him, where even if you didn’t like his rhetoric, he just seemed sort of un-pinpointably nice… and his latest gesture aimed at migrant children is the perfect example of this weird Glennchotomy.
Earlier this week, Beck announced a controversial plan regarding the situation at the border. While liberals and conservatives duked it out over how to handle an influx of undocumented people — many of whom are unaccompanied children — Beck took a different tack altogether.
Beck indicated that he planned to send tractor-trailer trucks down to the border, where kids are being held, with teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals. As you can probably imagine, reaction to his plan was mixed.
On his show, he explained:
“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water… The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.”
Liberals were cynical that Beck either selfishly saw the error of his previous ways, or that he was sanctimoniously putting on a show. Conservatives felt he broke ranks or was sanctimoniously putting on a show. The latter reportedly sent death threats.
“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down… I’m getting violent emails from people who say I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever. I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”
Support came from unlikely places:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 11, 2014
And everyone blamed everyone for being critical:
Right wing backlash to Glenn Beck's compassionate gesture to help these kids gives me a stomach ache. Now we can't even be good people?
— Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) July 11, 2014
Beck says in the segment that “[t]hrough no fault of their own [kids] are caught in political crossfire,” adding that Americans “have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
— Keep PA Blue (@UniteBluePA) July 10, 2014
“Beck’s fans should expect more from him than this. Rather than put himself above his own for a sanctimonious finger-wagging lecture, Beck should be using his spotlight to explain why his fans feel the way the way they do — even if he disagrees with them.
Instead he throws them under the bus for the likes of a Joe Scarborough to feast on.”
Do you think Glenn Beck is doing the right thing for the right reasons?
[Image: Glenn Beck, The Blaze]