Lest you had any illusions that right-wing bomb-thrower Glenn Beck has turned over a new leaf, he dispatched them on Thursday when he falsely blamed Black Lives Matter for the horrific torture of a disabled white man in Chicago.
On Twitter this morning, Beck demanded “justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled Trump supporter by BLM,” despite the fact that there is no evidence to suggest Black Lives Matter had anything to do with the deplorable actions captured on video.
You are right. Stand up with me and demand justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled trump supporter by BLM https://t.co/aP79pKnHA1
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) January 5, 2017
Per Mediaite, CNN panelist Angela Rye called Beck out Thursday morning for his assertion, and said that he had no cause to smear BLM for the incident.
“These folks are not trying to kill people, they’re trying to protect black lives,” she said. “It’s horrible to put that at the feet of Black Lives Matter.”
For the record, Black Lives Matter Chicago put out a statement Thursday condemning the torture of the disabled man, and explicitly stated that such actions are not what the movement is about.
“What happened to the young man who was held captive and tortured is terrible and we condemn the violence that was perpetrated against him,” BLM Chicago wrote. “We’ve stated time and time again, that we’re against all types of harm and violence perpetrated and we’ve never condoned it. So this is absolutely perplexing and twisted that people are associating this atrocity with this organization and movement.”
Beck — who once infamously called President Obama a racist who hates white people — earlier this year expressed “empathy” toward Black Lives Matter and admitted that “there are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to.”
Check out Rye’s reaction to Beck below.
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
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"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.