On Thursday, Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck took back his “apology” to former President Barack Obama for calling him a racist in 2009.
“Back then, you couldn’t call a president racist,” Beck explained to Fox host Tucker Carlson who credited his fellow right-wing pundit for having the insight to have “felt the hostility” that both men believe lurks inside the 44th president.
“I take my apology back — I was exactly right!” Beck said.
Beck linked the former president to “Critical Race Theory” and Marxism, even citing Martin Luther King in his diatribe accusing Obama of wanting to “teach children that white is an incurable kind of disease.”
Carlson, whose show has been credibly accused of stoking racial fervor, continued to heap praise on Beck.
“You felt that there’s a hostility, and anger there, a meanness underneath Obama,” Carlson said.
“A hatred!” Beck said and Carlson repeated.
According to Yahoo News reports:
Then in November 2016, around the time former President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the White House race, Beck said he did a lot of “freaking out” about Obama. Beck also said he regretted calling him a racist and claimed he supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Obama made me a better man,” Beck told the New Yorker. “There are things unique to the African American experience that I cannot relate to. I had to listen to them.”
Beck reportedly changed his mind about Obama once again this week because the former president did an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper in which he accused the Republican Party of focusing on the wrong issues, specifically on the concerns over critical race theory.
“You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now, the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy, what are we going to do about climate change, what are we going to do about — lo and behold, the biggest single most important issue to them right now is critical race theory,” Obama said. “Who knew that was the threat to our republic?”
“There are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes,” he added. “And do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them.”
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