|I accidentally heard Glenn Beck's show this morning.
||[Jan. 23rd, 2016|03:01 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
It was an accident, honest. It was a rerun of a show earlier this week. He had a caller on, Carol From Ohio, who couldn't understand why Glenn and his sidekicks are so anti-Trump. She just really couldn't see any difference between Beck, Trump and Cruz, "How can you guys be against Trump? He's for all the same things you are for." Beck kept trying to explain the difference between Trump, who he vehemently opposes, and Cruz who he supports, but Carol From Ohio just wasn't getting it. Then he played some audio from an appearance by Trump on Bill O'Reilley's show in which Trump called Beck stupid, made disparaging remarks about Becks physical appearance and (according to Beck) lied about the financial health of Beck's company and Beck's history with Fox News. When asked why she would support someone who would make such statements, Carol From Ohio said, "But everybody knows that what he said isn't true." Beck said, "And that makes it OK?" to which Carol From Ohio replied (paraphrasing), "Nobody expects Trump to be civil or tell the truth. We hold you to a higher standard."
I was as taken aback as Beck seemed to be. So you tolerate bombast from Trump that you wouldn't tolerate from anyone else because you hold him to a lower standard and yet you support him for president? I never got the impression that Carol From Ohio ever saw or understood the disconnect there, though she did apologize for laughing when Trump was trashing Beck.
I had heard that Beck was anti-Trump and I just figured it was because Trump was trying to steal Beck's crown as the King of Political Bombast, but listening to Beck this morning contrasted with Trump's outbursts, I changed my mind some. Even though I disagree with practically everything Beck says, Beck probably has forty points on Trump, IQ-wise and he comes across as educated and articulate. George Will's characterization of Trump as a "bloviating ignoramus" is probably too kind. Trump is an unrestrained dumbass and it's a sad, sad commentary that he's voicing the true sentiments of so many Americans. So many poor dumb Americans. Remember when they used to call slow, inarticulate people "simple?" Trump is simple. And a severely dumbed-down middle America (what there is left of it) is craving simplicity.