Perhaps America needs to give Fox pundit Glenn Beck his own day, since he seems to be hellbent on usurping days that are tied to other historical happenings.
Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports that “Beck’s 9.12 Project is co-sponsoring a march on Washington on Sept. 11, 2010, to voice unhappiness with the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Congress and that the group will also become involved in voter registration drives.”
The letter, released at the conclusion of a campaign-style rally at a massive retirement community in Central Florida at which Beck discussed his plan, is short on specifics and long on self-promotion, as well as the populist, anti-government, self-help rhetoric that has become Beck’s trademark.
Nonetheless, the announcement seems to indicate a new course for Beck, who this year began encouraging his followers to organize themselves politically but had refrained from participating directly in their activities.
At Media Matters, Eric Boehlert vents, “The idea of trying to politicize the 9/11 anniversary in such a naked way is shocking. But of course nothing actually shocks us any more about Beck’s tasteless, Obama-hating campaign. What would be amazing though, is if Beck is able to get away with this. (At least this year’s anti-Obama rally was held the day after Sept. 11.) Meaning, if Beck’s followers really follow through with their plan and use the hollowed anniversary of 9/11 and turn the tragic terrorist attacks of 2001 into a day for hurling hateful attacks against the President of the United States, will there be no outcry?”
Think Progress’s Matt Corley writes, “Yesterday, while promoting his latest book at ‘a festive campaign-style rally’ in The Villages in Florida, Fox News host Glenn Beck announced that he was crafting ‘a 100 year plan’ that will be ‘radical’ and will ‘restore our nation to the maximum freedoms we were supposed to have been protecting.’”
“On August 28, 2010, I ask you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country,” Beck told the throng of fans.
August 28, the date of the D.C. event, happens to be the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech. Given the allusion to the Lincoln Memorial in Beck’s letter, I’m guessing that’s no coincidence. Eschewing the title of “leader” is thus a curious display of modesty from a guy who thinks his book launch is worthy of a modern-day March on Washington with him in the MLK role. No doubt he’s using the date and location as an homage to King, and will cite his example in bringing about another necessary “Refounding” of America. But I’m willing to bet that that’s not how it’ll be received; it’ll be treated as a window onto his ego and an endless opportunity to sidetrack his movement with racial politics. This is, after all, the guy who famously accused the first black president of having a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”
Perhaps February 10, Beck’s birthday, could become known to future generations as his day.
Or perhaps not, since a certain nemesis of Beck’s formally announced he was running for president that day in 2007.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.
Maddow reveals Trump’s Ukraine scandal is also an attempt to ‘unblame’ Russia for 2016 interference
On MSNBC Thursday night, Rachel Maddow walked through an underreported aspect of the Ukraine scandal. When President Donald Trump dangled foreign aid in front of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he was not just demanding he dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — he was also demanding he help dig up information that would disprove the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation.
"This scheme that the president and Giuliani were enacting using the three amigos, Gordon Sondland, Rick Perry, and [Kurt] Volker, who has already resigned, the scheme was to hold up a White House meeting for this foreign leader unless he coughed up stuff that Trump could use for his re-election effort against Joe Biden," said Maddow. "And in addition to that, interestingly, he needed help unblaming Russia for the 2016 election attack."
Trump says Republicans ‘are all happy’ with his ‘deal’ to sell out the Kurds
President Donald Trump on claimed during a Thursday night campaign rally in Texas that "all" Republicans on Capitol Hill are "happy" with the deal he cut with Turkey that cave the country Kurdish land in Syria.
Trump praised Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their work on the deal, which has been blasted as ethnic cleansing.
"I took a lot of heat, even from some of our congressmen, some of our senators," Trump admitted.
"But now they're all happy," he argued.
"I am happy with them," he added. "I am happy with them."