In this contentious election cycle, each day we grind closer to the November election, attacks from both parties grow ever more vicious. Having taken a firm stance against both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Glenn has faced harsh criticism from all sides.
Many of Glenn's followers use Facebook to voice their feelings on Glenn's position. While some comments are clearly written by trolls, many people strive for civil discourse.
Here's what one Trump supporter named NancyAnn said in a recent comment on Glenn's Facebook page:
Glenn - I think you need to get back to the earth. You have lost a reasonable amount of coherency -. I was very rah rah Glenn Beck. . But listening to you lately ..leaves much to be desired. You are safe, remember, many of us are not. Get behind Trump !
Numerous comments that followed either defended Glenn's stance or else were in agreement with NancyAnn. When Glenn saw what was going on, he entered the conversation with a detailed reply of his own:
Nancy, I appreciate your respectful way of asking. I also appreciate people's responses (although, I thought you were thoughtful compared to most). People are really tired of the name-calling and bashing.
I support your decision and would drive you to the polls to vote for Trump. We all must follow the dictate of our own conscience.
I obviously believe things that you do not. I believe them as strongly as I believed in the caliphate, and I feel much the same way I did when defining George Soros.
In fact, you used almost the same language that the Soros people told me: "This ship is sailing and there is no turning back. Get on the boat."
Sorry, I can't. But I support your decision and I hope you can support mine.
Believe me, I know that about 80 percent of my own audience disagrees with me.
That should tell you how strongly I feel. It would be one thing to believe what I do and go along --- the easiest road to take. Or I could believe what I do and remain silent --- also very easy. The third option would be to believe what I do and make a case once --- a little harder.
Why would I choose the hardest and most business-deadly path? To go against 80 percent of my audience?
1. I am crazy and drunk, which many in the Trump crowd have claimed.
2. I am a fraud. But if I was, why would I do this when I am not changing any minds and there is no upside for me?
3. Some claim I will make more money bashing Clinton. Actually, not true. I could make far more by being the guy against Trump if he becomes president.
4. I am being consistent with what I said about my personal vote over two years ago. Listen to the audio from Friday's show.
5. I deeply believe after doing extensive research that his unpredictability, his history of progressive liberal policies, his disturbing comments and record of destruction of all who oppose him in the slightest, his admiration for dictators and thugs and the quality of those he surrounds himself with is the most dangerous risk this country has ever taken.
I could be wrong. There is much more I believe that I haven't shared because it is pure speculation on my part. But I believe what I do.
We live in dangerous times.
Some are saying, "the lesser of two evils."
There is another phrase: "Sometimes the DEVIL you know is better than the DEVIL you don't know."
Will the blunt nature of Glenn's response offend some? Perhaps, but at least an open conversation has begun.
It's an emotional time. Hopefully this type of discourse will lead to deeper understanding among Americans, regardless of who they decide to vote for.