Glenn Beck may be having a change of heart. In an interview with The New Yorker, Beck voiced a massive change of thinking from his Tea Party-fueled freakout over President Obama and calls Donald Trump “dangerously unhinged.”
Beck even broke ranks with the entire far-right and came out in support of Black Lives Matter, realizing he cannot understand what it is like to be a person of color in this country.
“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama.” But, he said, “Obama made me a better man.” He regrets calling the President a racist and counts himself a Black Lives Matter supporter. “There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to,” he said. “I had to listen to them.”
It was the old Beck, he said that called Obama Marxist-Islamist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
He even went on to claim that Michelle Obama, stumping for Hillary Clinton, gave one of the most important speeches he has heard since Reagan.Beck’s interactions with Trump, however, really seemed to fuel his fear for the direction he would take the United States.
He told a story of Trump summoning him to a guest room at Mar-a-Lago; Trump then telephoned him from an adjacent room. “We had this weird, almost Howard Hughes-like conversation,” Beck said. He left convinced that Trump was nuts. “This guy is dangerously unhinged,” he said. “And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.”
With only one day left before the election, those on the right who understand the dangers of a Trump America are speaking out vocally and are seeing the views they so flippantly supported put into the spotlight.
Speaking out has come at a cost to Beck as well. The Alt-Right, a group he would have previously fit in well with, see him a traitor to their movement, even sending him death threats.
“These people scare the hell out of me,” he said.
While we should be in no rush to file Beck under the liberal category, we can find it somewhat refreshing to see such an influential voice of the far-right return a little more to the center, for now.
Update: According to Beck’s PR team he never said he supports the Black Lives Matter movements.