In 2009, Glenn Beck had some fairly strong viewpoints regarding Barack Obama’s outlook on race relations in America that not only landed him in hot water with the mainstream media but forced several advertisers to pull out of his television program on Fox News.
Conservatives attacked the Dixie Chicks for saying much less about President Bush than what Beck said about President Obama.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 29, 2009
Glenn’s analysis of the president’s racial prism received scathing reviews from top political pundits who went as far as to say that Glenn himself was racist. Organizations such as Color for Change demanded advertisers drop his Fox News television show citing “his dangerous drumbeat of racist misinformation.”
In a 2009 interview on “Fox and Friends,” Glenn said:
This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy — over and over and over again — who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture. I don’t know what it is. But you can’t sit in a pew with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and not hear some of that stuff and not have it wash over.
What kind of president of the United States immediately jumps on the police? Just like what kind of president would ever say, “Oh, well, yeah. Well, he’s black. Of course he was breaking into the house.” You’d never do that. You’d never do that.
Fast forward to 2018 and the media is marching to a very different tune regarding President Donald Trump and racism in America. We know there’s a double standard in mainstream media when it comes to conservatives, but did you ever fathom it’d be this profuse?
— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2018
In the video montage above, Glenn compared the media’s outcry in 2009 to today in which accusations of racism have now become the norm.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: I do not mean to inflict him on you. Just to rile you up. I want — I’m sorry to inflict him on you. Because I think a point needs to be made to the media.
This is Rob Reiner at the Women’s March this weekend.
ROB: We were all here a year ago for many different reasons. But one of the unifying reasons was we were scared. We were scared of who was going to enter the White House.
A year has gone by, and he has corroborated every one of our fears. And we cannot whitewash this anymore. We have a racist in the White House.
We have a sexist in the White House. We have a pathological liar in the White House. And he is tearing away at the fabric of our democracy. And when we all came together, last time, we had the power. And it’s the women — the women —
GLENN: Okay. Stop. I — okay.
Do you remember — do you remember 8/28, do you remember going to Washington? Do you remember this time? And do you remember that they — the media was looking for signs. They were looking for anything. They wanted — they needed a signed that said, “Barack Obama is a Marxist.” They needed it.
Barack Obama is a liar. We want our government back.
Because that was proof that you were — you were out of your — out of control nuts. You were a revolutionary. You were anti-government. And you were a racist.
They’re just fearmongering. And what happened? We gathered, and the press didn’t even notice. They still tried to make it about something else.
Not once — not once did they say, “Wow, maybe there’s something else happening here. Maybe this is about something bigger than just Barack Obama.” Nope. Nope.
They could not do it. Imagine had I given that exact speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Imagine if I said half of those things on that day, what would have happened to me?
They are so certain that they are right, they lack all self-reflection. I want to give you a little montage here.
Because I learned a lesson. You cannot think out loud. You can’t — you can’t question — you can’t look at somebody’s record of life. You can’t look at their words — well, that’s just the way white people will do. You can’t look at their books — well, my grandmother had it bred into her to fear black people. You can’t look at the record of where they went to church, Jeremiah Wright.
And you can’t look at what they’re doing, the place acted stupidly. And say, you know what, I think this guy has a problem with race. You’re a racist if you ask, is the president racist? Does the president have some racist tendencies? Is the president misinformed?
Is the president out of step with regular America? Oh, my gosh, what’s regular America? How dare you. You mean white America, don’t you?
You’re a racist. That’s exactly what happened. God forbid you do that. Or is it suddenly okay?
GLENN: I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people. I’m saying he has a problem. He has a — this guy is, I believe, a racist.
VOICE: Glenn Beck in the news.
VOICE: How is it possible that this guy can sit on national television and call the president of the United States a racist?
VOICE: This president sees everything through a racial prism. And may even have his own —
VOICE: I wish we would just stop this. Glenn Beck and people like that need to stop this.
VOICE: There is a notion that Donald Trump reinforces his animus, his racially driven animus, his racism, that he demonstrates it over and over again from the Oval Office.
VOICE: You know, throwing out the R-word, the racist word, and some other words, are conversation stoppers. We’re never going to get past the point where the Glenn Becks of the world will just hurl that out at people.
VOICE: What more do we need to see or hear from this racist man? Not only is he racist, he is an embarrassment.
VOICE: These are the birthers.
VOICE: This is the narrative that they want the man to fail, and now they’re labeling, hey, he’s a racist.
VOICE: It doesn’t make what he said any less ignorant or any less racist. Not racial. Not racially charged, racist.
VOICE: As long as Glenn Beck is out there calling the president a racist or anybody else a racist, we’re never going to get past this point of constantly reacting to racial flare-ups.
VOICE: Do you think President Trump is a racist?
VOICE: I think he is a racist.
VOICE: I see it with both Glenn Beck and with Rush Limbaugh. These guys with really suspect racial feelings and perceptions are projecting their own hate and their own devices.
VOICE: It’s the same sentiment, Chris, and it’s something that virtually everyone recognized right away.
VOICE: It’s such a blunt object of racism. When you say racism, it’s a big charge.
VOICE: Well, listen, I find it awful. I think you have to be very careful.
VOICE: And then, secondly, there’s the racial angle. I don’t think there’s any getting away from the color of people from Norway, as opposed to people coming from Haiti, Africa.
VOICE: I think a lot of that is simple grandstanding, making outrageous statements, provocateur. Glenn Beck.
VOICE: If he was to show any moral courage when it comes to standing up to the racist comments made by the President of the United States.
VOICE: Can’t even believe it, first of all. Glenn Beck owes the president a apology. He owes the American people a apology.
VOICE: We take this additional very clear racist thing, he’s an evil man.
VOICE: This is an insult to our democracy. Our way of life.
VOICE: We have to start calling things what they are. We have to stop asking if this person is a racist. Because the evidence is there. He is.
VOICE: And I hate giving someone who says something like that anymore attention.
Outrageous is one way of putting it. I would say, irresponsible.
VOICE: If you put Haiti next to Norway, it’s a black and white issue, the way the president laid it out yesterday.
VOICE: If someone on the left had called George Bush a racist on TV, would we be throwing our hands up? Would we be so outraged?
VOICE: Would we demand an apology?
VOICE: I would.
VOICE: I would.