By Jonah Bennett
Conservative icon and talk show host Glenn Beck is under federal investigation for apparently threatening to repeatedly stab GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
While Glenn Beck has since insisted that his murder threat Friday was actually directed at his co-host, the Secret Service appears to be taking the threat seriously and is unwilling to leave the matter up to chance, CBS11 reports.
The radio show exchange started after Beck talked about filling the shoes of Trump’s rivals, at which point his co-host Stu Burguiere joked, “Was it gigantic shoes?”
“If I was close enough and I had a knife. Really. I mean the stabbing just wouldn’t stop,” Beck said in response.
Burguiere later said in a Facebook post it’s clear from the context Beck actually had threatened him, rather than Trump. In other words, Beck was playfully responding to Burguiere’s attempted mocking of him by threatening murder.
“It was reported that Glenn had threatened to stab a presidential candidate this morning which was odd since I was on the show with him and didn’t notice anything like that… Of course, if you were listening, you know that Glenn actually threatened me, not Donald Trump, so I am in the odd situation of defending my boss for threatening my life,” Burguiere said.
Despite insistence from Burguiere that Beck only wants to stab him again and again, not Trump, the Secret Service has plans to push the investigation.
This isn’t the first time the Secret Service has gotten involved regarding death threats directed at Trump. An Egyptian flight student was recently arrested after writing a Facebook post saying he’d gladly serve a life sentence if he could kill Trump. Emadeldin Elsayed has said he will voluntarily return back to his home, instead of being deported. He is currently sitting in a Southern California jail. The State Department has pulled his visa.
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