Despite being the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump is still lacking the support of many conservatives, including talk show host Glenn Beck.
In an interview with Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Beck was asked, among other things, whom he plans to vote for, if not Trump.
“That would be for me, and me to know alone,” Beck answered.
After some prodding from O’Reilly, Beck said that he had “looked into” Austin Petersen, who is running as a candidate for the Libertarian Party. He noted that Mary Matalin, the longtime Republican commentator who recently left the GOP, has endorsed Petersen.
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When asked if he would vote for Petersen, Beck said, “I don’t know.”
Tonight at 8PM ET Glenn Beck will be on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News to announce who he's endorsing for president.— Austin Petersen (@AP4LP) May 25, 2016
O’Reilly responded, “It’s hard for me to believe that a traditionalist like you would go for Hillary Clinton… and you don’t like Trump. Are you listening to Trump? Might he persuade you?”
After a brief pause, Beck smirked and replied, “I don’t think he wants to persuade me, Bill. He doesn’t like me at all.”
“When he talks generally,” O’Reilly said, “are you listening to him?”
“Oh, yeah, I’m listening to him,” Beck responded. “Oh, yeah.”
O’Reilly then asked if it was “possible” that Trump “could win you over, at least to some extent?”
Beck paused again before saying, “Well, I suppose — I mean, I suppose there’s enough time for me to get hooked on heroin.”
After a brief interchange, O’Reilly said, “Okay. We’ll say that you’re looking at all possibilities except for Hillary Clinton.”
Beck then corrected O’Reilly, saying there were “two possibilities” he wouldn’t consider: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Beck Attended Meeting With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
O’Reilly then brought up the meeting that conservative leaders, including Beck, had with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to discuss its alleged anti-conservative bias. Beck said he “believed” Zuckerberg when he said there was no “intentional bias” on the part of Facebook.
However, Zuckerberg admitted that lots of liberals work at Facebook. Beck said Zuckerberg told him that any liberal bias “was not in our best interest. We want conservatives to come to us. We want people to trust [us].”
He added that Zuckerberg noted this problem was all over the world and that America has maybe 15 to 20 percent of all Facebook users. Beck added that “Fox News is the biggest source of news on Facebook.”
Brad Thor: Trump Is a Potentially Extinction-level Event for Our Republic https://t.co/iacuctfAiE— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 25, 2016
Glenn Beck: One of Many Conservatives Opposed To Donald Trump
Beck has been a critic of Trump and his candidacy for some time. In January, he was one of the contributors to National Review’s “Against Trump” edition. In his piece, Beck noted that Trump sided against conservatives on President Obama’s 2008 stimulus package, as well as his bailouts of the automobile and bank industries.
“Barack Obama supported all three,” Beck wrote. “So did Donald Trump.”
“When conservatives desperately needed allies in the fight against big government,” said Beck, “Donald Trump didn’t stand on the sidelines. He consistently advocated that your money be spent, that your government grow, and that your Constitution be ignored.”
Other contributors to the “Against Trump” issue included Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center; author and economist Dr. Thomas Sowell; syndicated columnist Mona Charen; Ben Domenech of the Federalist; novelist Mark Helprin; and fellow radio talk show hosts Michael Medved and Dana Loesch.
What do you think? Do you support Donald Trump for president, or do you agree with those who oppose his candidacy?
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