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April 3, 2011

'HE'S MADE ME A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE HERE RECENTLY'.... Just how farcical has Donald Trump become lately? Glenn Beck -- Glenn Beck -- appeared on Fox News on Friday to argue that Trump has "made me a little uncomfortable here recently."

Apparently, Beck thinks Trump has become excessive in his embrace of conspiracy theories. No, I'm not kidding. Here's what Beck told Bill O'Reilly:

"[T]here's something reasonable to, you know, a reasonable conversation. If you don't believe that he has the birth certificate, you can say, 'I don't believe he has a birth certificate.'

But then he goes into 'I do not believe he has a birth certificate.' Then he releases one that's worse than Obama's. And then he comes back, and he says on your program, 'He might be a Muslim, too.' I'm like, come on!"

Beck soon added, "I have respect for Donald Trump, but that's the last thing the country needs is a show boat.... I would hope that we could get serious candidates who could shake things up by not saying provocative things just by stating the truth of what's going on."

I'm not making this up; it's from the actual Fox News transcript.

Glenn Beck is "uncomfortable" with Donald Trump's extremism and conspiracy theories; Beck doesn't want a "show boat" in power; and Beck wants a "serious candidate" who won't needlessly peddle "provocative" remarks.

We should all be thankful that Beck's comments didn't cause a rift in the space-time continuum.

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"I'm not making this up; it's from the actual Fox News transcript."

I don't know, Steve. I want to take you at your word. But until I see a link to said transcript, and maybe even a .pdf of a hard copy of that transcript and an accompanying sworn state from Roger Ailes . . . though maybe not even then . . .

(/snark)

Posted by: John B. on April 3, 2011 at 8:53 AM | PERMALINK

Or, in the words of Crusty the Clown, "Hey, Trump, stop stealing my schtick!"

Posted by: BroD on April 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

Beck said this to O'Arrogantone in NYC?

Oh yeah, I remember. Beck is appearing in drag off Broadway doing a reprise of "Three Faces of Eve". He must have still been in character.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

A professional jackass criticizing an amateur jackass. Seems kind of mean.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on April 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

You know, when Beck is the voice of sanity, it's time to check out.

Memo to Trump:

You're a wealthy man. Can you either get a better hairdresser or a better hairpiece?

It looks like someone's stapled a dead ferret to you head.

Surely you can afford shopping for hairpieces at places better than "Hell Toupee!"

Posted by: c u n d gulag on April 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

"Glenn Beck is "uncomfortable" with Donald Trump's extremism and conspiracy theories; Beck doesn't want a "show boat" in power; and Beck wants a "serious candidate" who won't needlessly peddle "provocative" remarks."

Trump has used FOX News as his station of choice to publicize a faltering season of Celebrity Apprentice. Beck and O'Reilly know they're getting punked. If there's one thing scam artist's don't like at all,, it's getting scammed themselves.

Posted by: SaintZak on April 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

This is the Onion right?

Posted by: SW on April 3, 2011 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

Politicians are beginning to learn what Show Biz has known for years: success is assured by waving arms and shouting "Look at me! Look at me!"
(see American Idol, the Gong Show, Soupy Sales, Donald Trump, ad infinitum)

Posted by: DAY on April 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Did Beck say this with a "strait face"?

Don't EVER play poker with that guy!

Posted by: Mark-NC on April 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

"strait face"

Having grown up in Bellingham, WA, I believe he refers to that as his Juan de Fuca ploy.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Further evidence that Republicans have no sense of irony.

Posted by: PTate in MN on April 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Beck: "I was here first, Donnie boy!"... so it goes.

Posted by: E L on April 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

I think this is all more evidence that Beck is a conman who's intentionally putting on a show. Sure, he's enough of a drug-addled psychopath that he really means these things when he's saying them, but that's all part of the show. His schtick wouldn't work if he couldn't seem sincere about it.

And for as much as Beck knows this is good for his pocketbook, he's also smart enough to know that a presidential figure can't say these sort of things.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on April 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

We should all be thankful that Beck's comments didn't cause a rift in the space-time continuum.

It's probably true that Beck's comments didn't cause a rift in the space-time continuum,,,
However, he is irrefutable proof there is no such thing as intelligent design.

Posted by: cwolf on April 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

Given his drop in the ratings I can see why Beck is concerned about competition from Trump. How many showboats can Fox afford to promote at one time.

Posted by: thebewilderness on April 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Beck probably sees this as a golden opportunity to turn Trump into a scapegoat, as much of the blame will come down on him when the shit hits the fan.

Posted by: bdop4 on April 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Reading those Beck quotes was like being a fly on the wall during a D.C. tea party caucus meeting. It is funny watching what might be the final acts of the whole anti-Obama Fox News comic opera freak show. What else can they do? Maybe Beck will kill himself on the air after an insane rant against Muslims. Maybe O'Reilly will throw one final tantrum and have a stroke. The good news is giving Trump a "news/opinion" forum should finish him off, if anyone was still listening.

Posted by: max on April 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

Trump could not even become president for the
Hair Club For Men. Beck is a loose canon with
no powder, the emperor has no clothes.

Posted by: JimK on April 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

SNL

You mean you haven't seen it yet???

On their "Weekend Update" section, they did a spoof of celebrity apprentice and decided to fire the entire field of GOP candidates--including Trump himself...

(full episode online:
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/ 32 minutes in, 4th marker)

Posted by: golack on April 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

 Lest we forget, like Pat Robertson before him, Beck said GOD caused the recent Japanese quake and typhoon.
Glenn Beck's Theory of Earthquake Creation 

Reverse the political message and I feel sometimes like I am in a combination of an Alan Drury and Ayn Rand novel where the victorious left, which they project to destroy the US, has been replaced by the victorious right which keeps getting weirder and weirder and more destructive day by day.  

I imagine Barry Goldwater would have the same reaction to Bachmann, Palin, King, Issa, Rand Paul, et al as Ayn Rand's character of Steel Magnet Hank Rearden's wife who is horrified when she meets the latest set of legislative assistants "Steely eyed young men with soul of thugs and nothing like our old friends ..."

My reaction is certainly similar.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on April 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

ROFLMAO....

Beck trumps Trumps peck at Beck's rump.

Posted by: Skip on April 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't read too much into these momentary lapses of sanity from Beck and O"Reilly. What's going on here is the beginnings of a full-blown Fox effort to make sure the GOP picks a viable candidate for 2012. The ultimate goal is to knock off Obama in 2012, so look for Fox to start building up the more credible candidates like Romney and T-Paw while at the same time offering tiny tidbits of crazy chum to the lunatic base. You can take it to the bank.

Posted by: ameshall on April 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

beck is afraid of being replaced. Watch him up the crazy soon.

Posted by: Alli on April 3, 2011 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beck knows a competitor when he hears one. Actually, Trump and Beck would make an excellent pair on the Crazy ticket,but they have to knock off Palin and Bachmann first.

Posted by: rrk1 on April 3, 2011 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Ran across my Birth Certificate the other day. Denver, Colorado, 1947. Found Mother and Father's Name, but there is no place on the document that lists Religion. Why would there be?

Posted by: rpl on April 3, 2011 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

There's a technical term for it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism_of_small_differences

It's quite popular in politics; I'd argue it dominates.

Posted by: F.X. Leeson on April 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM | PERMALINK

There's been a few times recently when Beck has been relatively sane.

I think it's just that he can't keep upping the crazy to infinity, so either he publicly flames out in an on-air grand-mal kind of way, OR he finds a way to pull a U-turn.

Saying stuff like "hey, that Trump guy, he's gone overboard, that's CrAZy stuff!" might do it; expect to see more, as Beck slowly and carefully back away from the precipice.

Posted by: Snarki, child of Loki on April 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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