Salon: Glenn Beck vs. Donald Trump

Note: the initial headline misattributed the story to Slate instead of Salon. My mistake.

Salon has an interesting article: Glenn Beck vs. Donald Trump: Why the wing-nut icon’s new war on the billionaire really matters.  It’s always a little hard to read analysis that is so overtly partisan, and the schadenfreude is dense in this article, but I do think it is important that Beck is taking a stand against Trump.

I have a soft spot for Beck. Unlike every other conservative pundit I’ve listened to, I think he’s really sincere, and I find that endearing even if I don’t actually agree with him a lot of the time. Last time I checked, for example, he was a big Cruz supporter and for me Trump, Cruz, and Huckabee sort of round out the Axis of Crazy within the GOP. Still, it is significant because Beck represents–or is supposed to represent–exactly the kind of radical, unthinking segment of the base that is supporting Trump.

I’m not sure exactly what this means, but it undermines the conventional “establishment vs. base” narrative that has been used to explain Trump’s rise. It’s also, to the extent that Beck can galvanize some of the base to actually oppose Trump meaningfully, a potential ray of hope. Because right now, the GOP could use any and every internal ally to displace Trump and put a grown-up back in charge. (It still shouldn’t be Cruz, though. Come on.)

2 thoughts on “Salon: Glenn Beck vs. Donald Trump”

  1. What’s wrong with Cruz? And why is it that you lump him in with Huckabee (?) and Trump (???). He’s brilliant, has consistently conservative views and values, and seems fairly courageous, though that might actually be opportunistic grandstanding. He’s also much more of a grown-up than Trump, for crying out loud..

  2. At this point my main problem with Cruz is that he’s so clearly setting himself up as Trump Jr so that when Trump goes down (which everyone sort of expects), Cruz can pick up his supporters.

    In general, I get the same vibe from Huckabee and Cruz in particular: a televangelist vibe.

    Finally, I very strongly disagree with his stance on issues like immigration.

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