SiriusXM is suspending Glenn Beck for a week of broadcasts relating to a conversation Beck had with author Brad Thor last week. UPDATED: It’s worth noting that brave, bold SiriusXM waited for Glenn Beck to go on vacation for this week to suspend him for this very same week.
In the conversation, Brad speculated on the absolute worst case scenario imagined by people about Trump — that of him acting like a dictator with a feckless Congress who won’t stand up to him just as they have not stood up to Barack Obama. Thor speculated that if Trump ever did go full dictator the only way to stop him would be a patriot taking it into his own hands.
The conversation was hypothetical, speculative, and both Beck and Brad Thor made sure everyone knew the context in which they were having the conversation. Here’s the transcript:
THOR: He is a danger to America and I got to ask you a question and this is serious and this could ring down incredible heat on me because I’m about to suggest something very bad. It is a hypothetical I am going to ask as a thriller writer.
With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as President? If Congress won’t remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that if, if, he oversteps his mandate as president, his constitutional-granted authority, I should say, as president.
If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office? And I don’t think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in to get Trump out of office because you won’t be able to do it through Congress.
BECK: I would agree with you on that and I don’t think you actually have the voices we’ve been talking about and we’ve been talking about this off-air for a while. I think the voices like ours go away. I don’t think we are allowed – especially if things, and I believe the economy is going to go to crap, even if Jesus was in office. It’s going to naturally reset. It has to.
But SiriusXM is caving to the outrage mob.
Ironically, it is this very outrage mob that led Glenn Beck and Brad Thor to explore the dark waters of Trump ignoring the constitutional checks and balances of his office.
SiriusXM has been willing to let a lot of indecent material go over its airwaves. But because an outrage mob got whipped up, it decided to suspend Glenn Beck over a hypothetical, speculative conversation.
That cowardly behavior, frankly, will only further embolden the outrage mob.
Glenn Beck and Brad Thor did nothing wrong.