Glenn Beck offers humble mea culpa for initial opposition to Trump: ‘I feel truly horrible for the things I said’

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Blaze TV founder and conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck posted a stunningly honest apology to fans and to President Donald Trump for his opposition to a candidate he initially believed had no shot at the White House and was wrong for the country.

“I am feeling so humbled this week. I feel truly horrible for the things I said and believed in 2016 about @realDonaldTrump. I believed the worst politically, which he proved me wrong at almost every turn. In the most dramatic cases (life/Israel/China/authoritarian),” Beck said to open a lengthy Twitter thread.

“I expected @realDonaldTrump to take control federally at the first opportunity. Here we are in a massive crisis. Bush ‘violated the free market to save the free market.’ Trump could have violated federalism to ‘save federalism’ yet he has stood firm through COVID,” Beck continued.

Democrats attempted to goad Trump into issuing a nationwide shutdown as the virus swept across the country so they could later use it as ‘proof’ that he is an ‘authoritarian,’ but he refused. Instead, his administration issued COVID-19 guidelines and left it up to individual states to decide how best to proceed, which is classic federalism.

“But let me cut to the chase. I believed he actually didn’t care about people. When @realDonaldTrump called me after my father’s death, I assigned the motive to politics – AND SAID SO. What haunts me this week is how my words must have hit his children,” Beck wrote.

“How did I miss, the sharpness of my ‘judgement’ [sic] without consideration of family. Me? A guy who has lived it from his side. I wanted to end my interview with @realDonaldTrump son this week w/ a personal apology, who had spent 20 minutes with me as if we were old friends,” Beck added.

“I didn’t want to embarrass myself in the end and failed to do the right thing again. I don’t regret my doubts or expressing my concern in ’16, but the fact that I missed his humanity and was blind to his family,” he noted.

“I said at the time, ‘I hope I am wrong and will be the first to admit it.’ I did. On air and personally to the president himself. But it was all about politics. I knew he loved his children and they him. What I failed to see, is the reason I think they love him. @realDonaldTrump is a loud New Yorker with a private heart,” Beck concluded.

Beck publicly supported Trump’s most serious challenger for the Republican nomination in 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, at one time calling him a “pathological narcissistic sociopath” who dunks his head in a bowl of crushed Cheetos.

During a May 2016 interview with CNN, he told “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota, as it became apparent that Trump would be the party’s nominee, Beck still wasn’t on board.

“I’m not suddenly in love with Donald Trump or a supporter of Donald Trump,” he said, hinting in October 2016 he would support rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In July 2017, Beck admitted that not getting aboard the Trump Train cost him personally and financially, as friends and fans abandoned him and his media ventures.

But about a year later, Beck changed his mind and told his radio audience he would be voting for the president in 2020.


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