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Glenn Beck is sorry about all that. Except, of course, he actually isn’t.
It was just four years ago that the conservative media mogul was making common cause with liberal celebrities over their mutual disdain for Donald Trump, apologizing for demonizing the left and making it his mission to take down Trump. Woke Glenn Beck even became a meme at one point.
Eventually, Beck jumped aboard the Trump Train. And along the way, he remembered that he initially became famous for spouting conspiratorial rants in which he compared everything to the Holocaust.
During an appearance Tuesday on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, Beck once again invoked the Holocaust, this time while complaining about the crackdown by social media platforms and tech companies on President Donald Trump and the far right following last week’s insurrectionist riot.
“We made one of the biggest mistakes of the 20th century by taking our own citizens and listen to this, confiscating their wealth, making sure they couldn’t work, shutting them down, and then putting them in camps,” Beck first noted, drawing an analogy to Japanese internment during World War II.
Telling host Tucker Carlson that “this is the road we are on again,” the one-time Fox News star went on to directly compare social media bans to what the Nazis did to the Jews.
“This is like the Germans with the Jews behind the wall,” Beck declared. “They would put them in the ghetto. This is the digital ghetto.”
“‘You can talk all you want, Jews, do whatever you want behind the wall.’ That’s not meaningful,” he added. “And that’s where we are. That’s where millions of Americans will be.”
Perhaps after realizing the comparison he had just made on live TV, Beck offered up a quick disclaimer and claimed he was just issuing a warning of what could potentially lie ahead. Download twitter app for windows 10.
“Again, it’s not to compare it to the Germans,” Beck concluded. “It’s not to do anything but warn if you don’t stand up for free speech, you will be the one that loses it as well.”
The Derek Chauvin verdict has elicited plenty of commentary from people who really have no business weighing in on the trial and today, Glenn Beck joins that list.
The conservative commentator paid a visit to Tucker Carlson yesterday to preach forgiveness for Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who murdered an unarmed Black man named George Floyd last summer. Floyd’s tragic death sparked protests and demonstrations calling attention to the systemic problems within our justice and policing systems so Chauvin’s trial was always going to be polarizing. For many, the guilty verdict represents much-needed accountability for law enforcement. For Beck, it represented an opportunity to appear on camera and urge us all to be more like the Amish.
No, seriously. Beck told Carlson he was discouraged by the responses to Chauvin’s conviction.
“This takes another man who got up one day and wasn’t thinking, ‘I’m going to kill somebody,’ away from his family — perhaps for the rest of his life,” Beck said before referencing a mass shooting that happened within the Amish community over a decade ago. “I wish we could be a little more like the Amish. When the gunman came in and killed a lot of their children, they mourned with [for] their children but they also went and mourned with the killer’s family.”
Beck seemed to be referencing a shooting that happened in 2006 in which five Amish girls were killed. The community reportedly attended the funeral of the gunman, showing support for the shooter’s family. He went on to complain that the focus of Chauvin’s guilty verdict seemed to be solely on our need for “collective justice.”
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We could point out the differences between a civilian carrying out a mass shooting and a police officer using his authority and position of power to kill an unarmed Black man. We could also point out that, as lovely as Beck’s story about forgiveness is, it’s never the responsibility of victims or their families to offer that to perpetrators, but we’re pretty sure this guy just wouldn’t get it.