In an interview with the New York Times published Friday, conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck reaffirmed his desire to “hunt down” American progressives while paradoxically claiming he wants Americans to stop separating themselves and get along.
The Times’ Amy Chozick asked Beck what reactions he experienced from his audience when he announced his support of gay marriage.
“Can we stop dividing ourselves?” Beck responded. “Do racists exist? Yes. Do bigots exist? Yes. But most of us are not. Most Americans just want to get along. Why can’t we do that? What has happened to us?”
Chozick suggested that maybe Beck’s audience perceives his show as more political than it truly is.
Beck said it’s unfortunate that he has to spend so much time on politics “because of the news of the day.”
“What people don’t ever understand is this: I’m the guy who lives in Dallas who did not get an invitation to the George Bush Presidential Library opening,” he said. “He didn’t like me. I had called for his impeachment. I didn’t call for Obama’s impeachment. People think I just hate this president. No, I hate power and those who do everything they can to hold onto it.”
“But you said you were going to hunt down progressives like an Israeli Nazi hunter,” Chozick said, referring to a statement he made on his radio show in 2010.
“Oh, I will,” he promised. “I think these guys are the biggest danger in the world. It’s the people like Mao, people that believe that big government is the answer, it always leads to millions dead — always.”
In 2010, Beck posited that the American “Republic” was not going to survive if he didn’t reveal the administration’s hidden progressive agenda.
“I don’t care if they’re in nursing homes, I’m going to expose them,” Beck said, as he compared his efforts to the German practice of prosecuting Nazi war criminals no matter their age or health.
Chozick also asked Beck what it was like for him to live in New York. He said he loved New York, but he found “it so unbelievably closed-minded.”
“You must feel more comfortable living in Dallas,” she said.
“Yeah, but there are people that hate me all over the world. I went to South Africa, and people hate me there,” he said.