How Glenn Beck's Twisted Worldview Goads Disturbed People into Acts of Violence
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Beck’s own violent rhetoric
In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Beck called progressivism “a cancer” on our society, and said, “It must be cut out of the system….You must eradicate it. It cannot co-exist.”
Beck said that if government agents tried to force his children to take the flu vaccine -- a favorite fear on the right-wing fringe -- they would “meet Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.”
He has joked about putting poison in Nancy Pelosi’s wine, choking Michael Moore to death with his bare hands, and beating Charles Rangel with a shovel.
“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out.”[xii]
“I want to kill [Rep.] Charlie Rangel with a shovel.”
“Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.”
Last year, referring to a photo of Obama and other Democrats, he said, “…These bloodsucker vampires are not gonna just be satisfied with sucking the blood out of [business], their thirst for power and control is unquenchable. They will not stop… Either the economy becomes like the walking dead, or ya drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers.”
Beck has warned "ACORN, GE, Obama, SEIU" that "you are awakening a sleeping giant, and I have nothing to do with it" and that "America is waking up. You know the American Revolution took place with 12 percent of the population? Twelve. Are you telling me there is not 30 percent of this population that you will have to shoot me in the forehead before I let somebody into my house to tell me how to raise my children; you will have to shoot me in the forehead before you take away my gun; you will have to shoot me in the forehead before I acquiesce and be silent."
And he has quoted a letter by Thomas Jefferson warning " 'If they lose freedom' -- he's speaking of us, future generations -- 'if they lose freedom, there will be rivers of blood.' " Beck continued in his own words, "Boy, I hope that's not true, but I can tell you there will be rivers of blood if we don't have values and principles." [ Glenn Beck, 5/14/10]
Beck is among right-wing voices opposing the construction of the Islamic center that has been inaccurately labeled the “Ground Zero Mosque.” And he has warned American Muslims that other terrorist attacks or a war in the Middle East could provoke violence against them:
All you Muslims who have sat on your frickin' hands the whole time and have not been marching in the streets and have not been saying, "Hey, you know what? There are good Muslims and bad Muslims. We need to be the first ones in the recruitment office lining up to shoot the bad Muslims in the head." I'm telling you, with God as my witness, America is -- no I'm not going to make this an American thing -- human beings are not strong enough, unfortunately, to restrain themselves from putting up razor wire and putting you on one side of it. When things -- when people become hungry, when people see that their way of life is on the edge of being over, they will put razor wire up and just based on the way you look or just based on your religion, they will round you up. Is that wrong? Oh my gosh, it is Nazi, World War II wrong, but society has proved it time and time again: It will happen.