The Taliban may be disputing that their number-two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured by US and Pakistani intelligence earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped Glenn Beck from passing judgment on how the US should handle the situation.
“Shoot him in the head,” the radio and TV personality declared on Fox & Friends Tuesday.
“We’ve just captured the second most wanted guy in Al Qaeda,” Beck said, evidently referring to the Taliban leader. “The first thing out of my mind — shoot him in the head. Shoot him in the head before it goes into a court and we’re doing all this nonsense back and forth. He’s a bad guy. Shoot him in the head.”
“You would shoot him before they even try to get information?” co-host Gretchen Carlson asked.
“If I were in charge, we’d be interrogating him,” Beck replied. “And we’d interrogate him, and interrogate him, and interrogate him and then we’d shoot him in the head. … Shoot him in the head before we all of a sudden release him into, what? Primary schools in New York City? What are we going to do with this guy?”
Like many other Fox News personalities, Beck has been harshly critical of the Obama administration’s approach to prosecuting terrorists.
But his loud style, on display Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, is now making him the subject of a number of biographies.
Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank is writing Tears of a Clown, a biography-slash-primer on Beck, reports Michael Calderone at Politico. In a profile last month, Milbank wrote that “in terms of the political culture, [Beck is] more parasite than host. Yet, by any measure, he’s had a huge impact on the body politic.”
Milbank described Beck as “the first true demagogue of the information age.”
Calderone notes that Milbank isn’t the only one writing a book on Beck this year. Salon writer Alexander Zaitchik has Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance.
“Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a leader in a conservative protest movement that raises troubling questions about the health of American democracy,” the book’s publisher states.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 16, 2010.
Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders
On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.
"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.
He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."
Trump supporters chant ‘send her back’ as president hurls racially-charged accusations at Rep. Omar
At a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of anti-American sentiments and speech. He said that she belittled 9/11, along with a slew of other accusations that were racially charged.
One-by-one, his rally supporters booed each thing he claimed she did or said. Then the booing turned into a chant: "Send her back! Send her back!"
Omar is an immigrant from Somalia who emigrated along with her parents when she was just 12-years-old. Her family claimed asylum from their war-torn country.
Trump said on Twitter that he believed she, along with three other Congresswomen of color, should be sent back to the countries they're from. Trump's campaign and Republicans proceeded to spend the days that followed claiming that Trump simply wanted them to leave the U.S. if they didn't like it.
Republicans will never say that racism is ‘racism’ — basically because they’re racist
Is there any expression of racism that Republicans will actually admit is racism? It's a question on a lot of progressive minds in the wake of Donald Trump demonizing female congresswomen of color with the "go back" canard that white nationalists and other assorted racists have long used to abuse anyone with heritage they dislike, whether that heritage is Jewish, Irish, Italian, African, Latin American or Muslim. Telling someone to "go back" is, in the ranks of racist statements, right up there with calling a person the N-word or some other rank slur. Yet, there still appears to be resistance among Republicans to admitting that is racism, which leads many on the left to wonder: If this doesn't count, then what could possibly count?