Leading conservative talk show host, founder of The Blaze, and best-selling author Glenn Beck was temporarily suspended by SiriusXM radio on Tuesday over a powerful #NeverTrump interview with best-selling author Brad Thor, a constitutional conservative.
“With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as president?” a passionate Brad Thor asked in an interview a week ago on the Glenn Beck Radio Program. “If Congress won’t remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that if, if, he oversteps his mandate as president, his constitution-mandated authority as president, I should say.”
Apparently, those comments were somehow construed by SiriusXM management to be a threat of physical harm or even the assassination of Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee.
“Comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgment, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone,” SiriusXM said in a statement.
However, the temporary one-week suspension may not mean a whole lot as Glenn Beck is reportedly on vacation this week anyway, meaning that the “suspension” may be all for show.
SiriusXM takes such a principled stand against @GlennBeck that they wait for him to go on vacation to suspend him for his vacation week.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 31, 2016
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) May 31, 2016
For his part, Brad Thor responded to SiriusXM’s charge, in a statement to Reason where he vehemently denied any insinuation of violence in his statement:
Several people took this as a suggestion that someone should kill Trump, an interpretation Thor strenuously denies. “It’s not a defense of assassination,” he told Reason today. “I don’t even want to see a dictatorial president assassinated. We are a republic—a nation of laws—and the greater good would be served by the despot standing trial.” And if there’s no trial? “Safeguarding the republic against a dictatorship is a topic of conversation that dates back to the Founders,” he says. “If we had to unseat a president without the backing of the Congress, we would need a patriot along the lines of George Washington to lead the country from tyranny back to liberty.”
The Blaze reported on Glenn Beck’s response to SiriusXM’s suspension:
Beck and radio co-host Pat Gray responded to the ordeal in a Facebook post, saying the Drudge Report, which shared the original story, is “a total fraud and an embarrassment” and founder Matt Drudge is a “despicable lying scumbag.”
“That is NOT what he meant, nor is it what we thought. How evil do you have to be to think this?” Beck wrote.
Beck’s statement continued: “As you know if you were listening this morning, Brad was discussing the possibility that if Trump ever got completely out-of-control as President, there would be no way the Republican Congress would ever impeach him. So, even if it were necessary, patriots have no way to get him out of office.”
In a comment to TheBlaze, Thor, who previously called on people to pray for Trump’s safety, said he was discussing a “hypothetical America under a dictator,” reiterating that he was not referring to an “assassination” in his comments.
“What happens if a president suspends the Constitution and Congress does nothing?” Thor asked. “Safeguarding the Republic against despotism is a topic of conversation that dates back to the Founders.”
Brad Thor was clearly stating the obvious, that if a Republican-dominated Congress and Senate, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell, was too weak and feckless to stand up to Obama and the opposition party — the Democrats — then they surely wouldn’t be a check or balance against Trump, whose personality exhibits authoritarian leanings.
The satellite radio network said that going forward it is “evaluating” its relationship with Glenn Beck following the comments from his guest.
Obviously, if Brad Thor was calling for the assassination of Donald Trump, he’d have Secret Service all up in his grill. SiriusXM should be ashamed of themselves for this massive overreaction and attempt to chill criticism of a certain political candidate and free speech. That, of course, is setting aside the obvious ridiculousness that Beck didn’t even make the comments in question — they were made by a guest.