August 27th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Democratic campaign chief blasts Glenn Beck rally

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Preparations continue in Washington for Saturday's rally to be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial."]Washington (CNN) - The Democrats' point man for holding onto the party's majority in the House admitted Friday that the reach and intensity of conservative talk radio and television will be a "challenge" this fall but said voters will be smart enough to see through the "outrageous rhetoric on the right."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, took specific aim at Fox News personality Glenn Beck, who is headlining a "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington this weekend alongside Sarah Palin.

The rally, to be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is being billed as a "non-political event." Van Hollen called that claim nonsense.

"It's blatantly political," the Maryland Democrat said in an appearance at the National Press Club. "I mean, come on. You have seen Glenn Beck and a lot of the talk show hosts on Fox News out there talking about this election for the last 15 months since the day President Obama was elected president.

"You've had a constant tirade against the president, against Democratic efforts to get the economy turned around. Let's call it what it is. It's a blatant political effort."

Van Hollen's speech was an effort by top Democrats to dampen talk about a possible Republican takeover of the lower chamber and push back against House Minority Leader John Boehner, who delivered a major speech of his own this week to outline the GOP's agenda.

The DCCC chair rebutted talk that his party might lose control of the House, arguing that Republicans have nominated Tea Party candidates or "re-treads" from the Bush years who want to return to the "reckless fiscal policies of previous administration."

"I can assure you that despite the Washington summer political chatter, reports of the House Democrats demise are greatly exaggerated," he said.

Van Hollen acknowledged that much of the country's political energy is on the right, but argued that conservatives like Beck and Palin will damage the party in November by turning off independent voters.

"There is no doubt that there is a power to those voices, I would just ask the American people again to listen to where they are coming from," he said. "We just have to counter them by just trying to get the best information we can out there."

Van Hollen returned to his theory when asked about the Beck rally, saying that "Americans are going to be turned off by the outrageous rhetoric on the right."

"Conspiracy theories, rants, there is certainly an element of the electorate that is charged up by that," he said. "But again, I think it's a turn off to the sensible center and the people who constitute the key independent voters in these swing districts. They see that kind of stuff and they say, 'We don't want to go there.' The policies of the previous eight years of the Bush administration are bad enough," he continued. "These guys are way off on the right."

Filed under: 2010 • Chris Van Hollen • Fox News
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. D.

    Outrageous rhetorics by politicians are far more dangerous than that of radio show hosts!

    August 27, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    "And you will know the true nature of a prophet by the fruit of it's tree." Two wars, millions w/out health care, Hatred of Latinos, Gay Bashing, Islamaphobia, crumbling schools, Birthers, 2nd Amendment nuts, Stem Cell Paranoia,Karl Rove Politics. What rotten fruit.

    August 27, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. JSRagman

    I hope you are correct Chris but don't ever underestimate the stupidity of the average American.

    August 27, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Carl

    This "rally" is a disgrace to the country!! How darn Glen Beck hold a non "political" rally with the likes of Sarah Palin on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial the day of the King's "I Have a Dream" speech?!!

    Beck, you are nothing but a lying no good Racist in sheep's clothes! Anyone can ask dumb little questions to "connect to dots."

    Example, Beck works on Fox News and Fox News has a radical terrorist as one of their largest owners – so does this mean Beck is a terrorist? I'm not saying he is, I'm just asking questions.

    What a joke, seriously.

    August 27, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. P.T. Barnum Lives!!!!

    Check out the "stage" in the picture. The Lincoln Memorial is totally blocked by it from the front view of the stage. What the hell is up with that? For all of Glenda's founding fathers and patriotic blah, blah, blah, blah he still up "stages" President Lincoln by covering up his memorial with his rainbow colored "stage". On with the show........and won't the Wasilla Hillbilly look pretty standing underneath all those colors of the rainbow?

    August 27, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Bill

    Beck will be drunk, as usual.

    Whose honor are the trying to restore, anyway?

    August 27, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Christopher

    Unfortunately, he is dead wrong. Beck's followers know what they know and do not care to educate themselves with facts or knowledge. They will not see through him as they are to stupid and hate-filled to see through him. As long as Beck lies they will believe him. America is a stupid country and it is not ashamed of that. It celebrates and revels in it.
    Beck, Palin, O-Reilly, Druggie(I mean Limbaugh) are the intellectual leaders of these morons. I am a CONSERVATIVE! I DON'T NEED NO STINKING FACTS!!!!

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Colorado

    Funny when you get to the fact that he is jsut as far to the left if not more. The majority of Dems in Congress run center and government way left and that has been front and center with Obama in the WH. They have no concept of personal responsibility and want everyone beholden to DC so they can run our lives. Yes, we need moderates in Congress but that sure ain't the Dems.

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. james

    let talk about obama human abuse report he sent too the un. what a joke he degrading this country again. if he don't like let him leave. i bet keyna will take him. he a joke and people needs too put him in his place. he is clueless and argont ass

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. chris

    surprised i didn't see racism mentioned once!!!

    August 27, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. beth

    It's political...and imagine the HATING that will be going on.

    August 27, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. andy

    I say, let him make an idiot of himself and the teabag movement... anything else would really be a miracle.

    August 27, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mark from Louisiana

    Seems like no one remembers when Beck was on CNN and tearing into Bush and his policies a few years ago

    August 27, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Simon, Florida

    So what's the big deal if it is a political event? The left and the right have the privilage as Americans to have a rally for what ever they want. Civil rights extend to both black and white Americans.

    August 27, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Jayne

    The racist albinos is certainly not "restoring our Honor". He is disgracing it.

    August 27, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. No Way Joe

    It's not surprising that the dems, who have been in majority in congress for the past 4 years, are upset that Beck wants to restore the dignity back to America that they themselves have stripped away.

    August 27, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. andy

    I think it is obvious that this guy lost his sanity... there is no cure for schizophrenia.

    August 27, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Dennis McDonald

    Complaints about Beck's Republican campaign rally are uncalled for. It's still a free country. Let him speak and let Fox sell commercial time. I'm just hoping, though, that he doesn't call the President of the United States a "racist" again.

    August 27, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. SLP

    If Glenn Beck is nothing but a liar, than what bothers those on the left so much? Could it be that the actions of those on the left do more to back up Beck's claims than their cries of "liar" do to discredit him? If any of you Beck bashers ever take advantage of the opportunity to watch his show, you will see that it isn't a political show. He has no political figures on his show nor does he ever endorse any. Honor is something that has disappeared from this country by those on the left and the right. The United States is deliberately being distroyed by those who hate it and all it stands for. No one with an R or a D behind their name is going to fix any of this. It is time that we all spend some time on our knees praying to the One who can fix this mess that we are in. God is the answer. He is the only answer. God bless you, Glenn Beck, and may HIs protection cover you and your family.

    August 27, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. mike tooley

    Why do they always bring up bushes reckless spending. This congress and president have given away more money than the last three have spent. And we are not halfway through the term.

    August 27, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    That TV screen looks like the Rainbow Coalition colors or, worse yet for the rethugs, the you know what flag!!! 🙂 🙂

    August 27, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    "Honor" and "Beck" are two words that do not belong in the same sentence.

    August 27, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. AEJ

    I totally agree with this comment. Glen Beck is all about HIMSELF and promoting HIMSELF. It doesn't take a rocket science to see this self-promoting tactic this INSANE guy is doing.


    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    What gets me is how Beck claimed that the date selection for this rally was sent to him by God.

    What's next....? Is he going to start referring to himself as a prophet??

    And as far as his Mormon background goes has anyone asked him about his feelings about that institution's belief that people of color are cursed by god and that women are not allowed into heaven unless they are married? Because those two things speak very clearly to racism and gender inequality. People want to claim Obama has "muslim-sim" in his blodd because his father was Muslim but what about Beck and his CURRENT affiliation with a church that supports such ideologies.

    I mean the Right wants to talk religion/politics so badly then why not ask Beck these questions.

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Blkman

    OK................and call it what it is another YET another KLAIN rally. Its all good because this is America, but why is so hard for the KKK members to admit to World that they are KKK members?

    August 27, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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