Editor’s Note: The following is based on Glenn’s radio monologue from August 31, 2016.
In case you didn’t listen to Sean Hannity yesterday, he said I attack him every day and blame him for Trump.
Now, I actually went back and looked at the transcripts over the last couple of months. I went back and looked at all of my personal emails between myself and Sean Hannity. Almost every time I said I understand we don’t see things the same way, that Sean comes from a different place because he knows Donald Trump personally.
I think Sean believes I’m mad that Ted Cruz didn’t win. This has nothing to do with Ted. It has to do with the country, and my deep concern about where we’re headed because I love my country.
So here’s what I would like to say in response.
The alt-right wanted Donald Trump, and the alt-right got Donald Trump. I don’t want to hear any bellyaching like they’re all doing. They’re all bellyaching. They wanted him. They got him.
However, I won’t echo the past of others. What I want to do is encourage everyone to not pick sides. If you are a fan of mine, do not pick a side. Please, do not get involved in this. Please.
Don’t condemn Sean or anyone else. I truly believe Sean is doing what he feels he needs to do, just as I am. I have told you for months, there are no more good choices. I’m not happy with what I believe I’m forced to do — but my principles dictate that I stand. And I hope this helps you understand where my mind is today. You can condemn me if you want. That’s fine. I expect it. Don’t condemn him, please.
The pressure on this job, the pressure on him is enormous. Enormous. I truly believe he’s trying to do the right thing. We just strongly disagree. And if Donald Trump wins, you can kiss my ass goodbye. If Hillary Clinton wins, if we don’t reunite with everyone and have all hands on deck, there’s no chance of stopping Hillary Clinton. Zero.
So do not divide anymore, please. Don’t divide anymore.
I spent time last night writing exactly what I believe needs to be said:
We have seen over the last few days additional proof points where the conservative media is coming apart. The Democrats could not have designed a better weapon than Donald Trump. They could not have designed anything better at taking us apart.
The first thing that happened in the last 24 hours is the call heard around the world, as I would call it. The Rush Limbaugh call, stating that Rush never believed Trump on his immigration and deportation and the building of the wall — remarkable, remarkable. I’m not going to say anything bad about Rush Limbaugh. I’m never going to say anything bad about Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is a trailblazer. He defined a generation. I’m bringing this up as a reference point on, you know, whether or not the caller agreed or condemned Rush. I want to point out that we’re in a circular firing squad right now.
Then Sean Hannity, someone who, quite honestly, you know if you’ve been a listener of this show for a while, I’ve been building a friendship with over the last four years. He said yesterday he believes that I’m responsible for Clinton winning and will lay all the responsibility of Trump losing and all the baggage that comes with it at my feet and Jonah Goldberg’s and everybody else’s.
Anybody who is expecting me to punch back is going to be sorely disappointed today. I can’t speak for the others who get more offended for me than I do at times on this show, but I would ask them not to punch back.
First of all, I wish this show had the power to elect a president because President Cruz sounded very good to me. I couldn’t — or anyone on this show or the Jonah Goldbergs — get elected the most constitutionally-minded conservative of perhaps the last 100 years, the guy we believe we waited for and prayed for. But somehow or another, we’re going to be responsible for the defeat.
I’m not going to blame Sean or anybody else for helping to nominate a GOP candidate that was a Democrat. If Sean is a believer, if he believes Trump is a reliable conservative — he knows him, I don’t — I don’t lay the blame at his feet. I don’t believe Trump, Sean does. If Sean believes he can ascribe a logical line through Trump’s positions or that we even know what Trump’s positions are, okay. If Sean believes that Hillary Clinton is so bad that anyone — and I do mean anyone is better — I don’t blame him. I would like him to say where his line is.
Donald Trump has talked less about the Constitution, liberty and the Founding Fathers than I think an eighth grade class in Common Core would. I don’t know his principles. I don’t know his values. And I don’t think almost anyone is better than Clinton. The jury is certainly out on Donald Trump. And sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know — if you stay together and fight and if there are times that you learn the lesson from Dunkirk.
For the millionth time, I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. Never. She is cyanide to the republic, but I happen to believe Donald Trump may be worse.
I want you to understand that I’m not as concerned about the destruction of America because I believe Americans can rebuild anything. I am more concerned about the perversion of America into something so dark and so sinister that we make the fascists and the communists of the 1930s and ’40s look like rookies. I have been on that trail long before Donald Trump ever came along. I have warned that if we turn dark, we will make the Nazis look like rookies. That to me is far worse than Hillary Clinton destroying our nation. Perverting our nation is an affront to all mankind.
For ten years I have been railing against progressivism on both sides of the aisle. Though I am a Republican voter, a reliable Republican voter, I am not a Republican. I’m not into team sports with our political system. I vote for the person who reflects me — and neither party reflects me, certainly neither candidate reflects me.
While I have been strong with my warnings on Donald Trump, I have been equally strong in my condemnation of Clinton. If you add up the amount of time that I’ve spent on air fighting the Clinton machine and her allies versus Donald Trump, I doubt the scale would even register more than a rounding error.
In fact, over the last six months, we have produced serials in the most expensive radio format on daily airwaves. We have covered Hillary Clinton. We have covered Saul Alinsky, who was Hillary’s mentor. We have covered progressives in tandem with publishing the best-selling book in the country. We have covered evil progressive donors. Abortion. Immigration. Education. And, yes, we even did four episodes on Donald Trump.
When all of this is over, whatever that means, we are going to need to come back together. The country as a whole despises both of these candidates. Despises them. I know I do. But I am not going to do further damage to the group of people that we are going to need when, I believe, Hillary Clinton wins. It won’t be a shock to me. I predicted it last August, that Hillary would beat Trump.
Featured Image: Screenshot from The Glenn Beck Program, August 31, 2016.