Beck’s Bizarre Response to Isla Vista Shooter’s Manifesto

Just when you thought that reactions from the wingnuts to the Isla Vista shooting spree couldn’t get any more bizarre, Glenn Beck steps up to the microphone and turns the bizarre into the surreal. He claims that the guy’s manifesto quoted Teddy Roosevelt almost verbatim.

As usual, Beck placed the blame squarely on Hollywood and video games … and progressives like Teddy Roosevelt.

Reading portions of Rodger’s “manifesto” in which he declared that women “should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with” and should all be placed in concentration camps, Beck proclaimed that “that is almost an exact quote from Teddy Roosevelt.”

“It’s all the progressives, communists, fascists,” Beck said. “They’re the ones who talk like this … No small government person talks like this, no constitutionalist talks like this.”

WTF? Okay Glenn, please give us the Teddy Roosevelt quote you think is even remotely like this. And if he really doesn’t think that “no small government person” or “constitutionalist” (read: right winger) talks like this, he really should go look at MRA websites and their endless rants about the evils of progressives that directly echo Beck’s rhetoric.

"Exactly. There is zero reason to expect anything else."

Trump Wars 4: A New Hope
"But c'mon. Time and time again when the media has been "oh he's so presidential!" ..."

Trump Wars 4: A New Hope
"Wishful thinking on the part of McConnell and the GOP. Trump will be there for ..."

McConnell Thinks Trump May Be Gone ..."
"If they want statutes and memorials to commemorate the Civil War, then why not a ..."

Barton’s Bizarre Diatribe on Confederate Statues
Follow Us!
POPULAR AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • sugarfrosted

    This article could be subtitled “Why I miss Rodda.” :(

  • http://nigelthebold.com/ Avo, also nigelTheBold

    But LIBERALS!

    Why don’t you people understand that everything bad in the world comes from liberals? Soggy breakfast cereal? LIBERALS! Drips of sweat down your ass-crack? LIBERALS! Legislation that helps others? COMMIE FUCKING LIBERALS!

    Really. It’s a scientific fact.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Dafuck Beck?

    Really?

    Dafuck!?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Yawn.

    It’s the usual right-wing response whenever the Right gets nailed red-handed with flying planes into buildings or whatever: preemptively declare it a to be characteristically “leftist.” A preemptive tu quoque, basically.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I wonder if one of Teddy Roosevelt’s family could sue for defamation on his behalf?

    Because really, claiming Teddy Roosevelt anted to create a master race and weed out the defieicents – ..wow.

    He (Teddy Roosevelt -ed) was the first president to appoint a Jewish representative to a cabinet position – Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Oscar Solomon Straus, 1906–9. … (Snip)… Regarding African-Americans, Roosevelt said, “I have not been able to think out any solution of the terrible problem offered by the presence of the Negro on this continent, but of one thing I am sure, and that is that inasmuch as he is here and can neither be killed nor driven away, the only wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man, giving him no more and no less than he shows himself worthy to have.”[156]

    Roosevelt appointed numerous African Americans to federal office, such as Walter L. Cohen of New Orleans, ..

    Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Roosevelt#Positions_on_immigration.2C_minorities.2C_and_civil_rights

    Of course as a later part o that entry shows he was a man of his time – but still – nothing like what Glenn Beck insulting alleges!

  • abb3w

    To put blame where due, back around 1900 eugenics was popular with some progressives, apparently including Teddy Roosevelt. A quick check turns up this piece of correspondence from Roosevelt to Davenport; Teddy also wrote essay titled “Twisted Eugenics” for “The New Outlook” (buried in here, showing his ideas on the topic seem relatively incoherent even by the standards of eugenics writings.

    That said, I’m not turning up a lot more from him on it, and even these seem to have no quotes anywhere close to what Beck is babbling about.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    The fact that anyone takes an ignorant loony like Beck seriously at all — let alone give him a fucking TV show — says more about America’s public discourse than anything Beck himself could ever say.

    Seriously, raving bigoted loonies come a dime a dozen — I could find you more of them on the streets and alleys of any city anywhere. Why is this one more worthy of our attention than any other?

  • DonDueed

    Some days I wish I’d gone into the Raving Loony biz. It sure seems lucrative.

  • theoreticalgrrrl

    Wait, this Teddy Roosevelt?

    “Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man – including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man.”…”Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.”

    — Theodore Roosevelt

  • smhll

    @2

    You put a smile on my face.

  • blf

    Theodore Roosevelt was, at least for a time, a support of eugenics, and it is possible he said or wrote something that in Beck’s peabrain “seems” similar. For instance, in 1913 he wrote the following letter:

    I am greatly interested in the two memoirs you have sent me. They are very instructive, and, from the standpoint of our country, very ominous. You say that these people are not themselves responsible, that it is “society” that is responsible. I agree with you if you mean, as I suppose you do, that society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind. It is really extraordinary that our people refuse to apply to human beings such elementary knowledge as every successful farmer is obliged to apply to his own stock breeding. Any group of farmers who permitted their best stock not to breed, and let all the increase come from the worst stock, would be treated as fit inmates for an asylum. Yet we fail to understand that such conduct is rational compared to the conduct of a nation which permits unlimited breeding from the worst stocks, physically and morally, while it encourages or connives at the cold selfishness or the twisted sentimentality as a result of which the men and women ought to marry, and if married have large families, remain celebates or have no children or only one or two. Some day we will realize that the prime duty — the inescapable duty — of the good citizen of the right type is to leave his or her blood behind him in the world; and that we have no business to permit the perpetuation of citizens of the wrong type.

    Several phrases in the above could be twisted into what the peabrain is claiming. There may be other examples.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Beck’s braver than I thought. Even dead, Teddy Roosevelt could kick his ass. And would, because that’s how Teddy rolled. This one time he wanted salmon, so he went to the river and just straight up took one from a bear!

    Plus, the glasses he wore weren’t even his prescription: his vision was too good, so he wore them to make things appear blurrier, simply to make him versus the universe a fair fight. True story.

  • steffp

    Absolute rubbish, Mr. Beck, as usual.

    In his autobiography T Roosevelt wrote:

    “Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man – including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man.”…”Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.”

    The Daily Kos has all the Details…

  • Rentseeker

    What’s the point of Glenn Beck giving the Teddy Roosevelt quote if Elliot Rodgers already quoted him? Beck would just be repeating himself, right?