Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure the past year. As it turns out, he's also helped a Libertarian Atheist magician and a Conservative Mormon broadcast host find common ground.
Penn Jillette swapped theories with Glenn on how we find ourselves facing a Trump presidency, during an interview on Glenn's TV program Monday.
"So what does it say about us?" Glenn asked.
Jillette replied with an analogy.
"I just want some person to come out without a prompter, and without the jive and without the handlers and say just what pops into their head," Jillette said. "And then God listened to me and said to me, ‘You ever read The Monkey’s Paw, boy? You ever read O. Henry? Okay, we’ll give you that guy. And oh, by the way, it’s Donald Trump.'”
Dramatically shouting and waving his hands, Jillette continued.
"Oh no, no, no, no, no! Not that one! I mean, well, anyone else," he said. "So I think this is the sins of Bush and Clinton coming home to roost."
Glenn agreed, but expanded that to "all of them," sharing one of his earlier predictions.
"In 2007, Hillary was still winning in the primary and I watched Obama and I said, ‘If this guy wins and he becomes president, he is so slick and he is so on point with his teleprompters that we will look for somebody with a little bit of a gravy stain on his shirt who comes out and says, ‘Yeah I fart, who doesn’t fart?’ And that’s who we got," Glenn said. "The pendulum has just swung the other way."
Fear of the unknown and the turbulent times we find ourselves in further explain the Trump phenomenon and why he appeals to a broad section of the country.
"We’re living in a chaotic world, and someone comes along with answers that, I think, even the supporters know kind of aren’t true. But at least he has answers," Jillette said.
For those blindly supporting Trump, there's a strange comfort in his definitive remarks --- even when he's changing positions on key issues. Yet, it's a false sense of security.
"We know from all those horrible books, like the ones Trump has written, about business and manipulating people --- we know that you don’t want to show doubt," Jillette said. "And if there has been one thing my whole life has been about artistically, it’s telling people: embrace the doubt. ‘I don’t know’ is the most powerful thing you can say."
Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck TV Program:
Featured Image: Penn Jillette on The Glenn Beck Program, June 6, 2016