Huckabee blasts Glenn Beck
April 21st, 2011
03:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee blasts Glenn Beck

(CNN)- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a bone to pick with Glenn Beck. The current Fox News host isn't pleased that Beck, a departing Fox News host, has called him a progressive, a term which Beck has also previously likened to cancer and the Nazi movement.

Beck also compared Huckabee to Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain on his radio show Tuesday, labeling both as progressives, because of Huckabee's vocal support for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives.

"I think Mike Huckabee is the one, if you are somebody who understands progressives are on both sides of the aisle, I think Mike Huckabee is John McCain," he said.

But Huckabee, who's name has been floated as a possible contender for the GOP presidential nomination, took to his PAC blog Thursday to blast Beck in response, saying, "This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a progressive, which he has said is the same as a 'cancer' and a 'Nazi.' What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews?"

Beck delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, where he called progressivism the "cancer in America" that is "eating our constitution." And, though he's repeatedly used Nazism as a metaphor for the progressive movement, the conservative radio host balks at the accusation that he's compared progressives to Nazis in the past. In January he said, "I haven't compared progressives to Nazis, I have compared their tactics and what they do, and shown that it's the same kind of movement."

Either way, Huckabee is crying foul at his inclusion with Beck's blistering metaphors for progressivism.

"He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything," he wrote.

"His ridiculous claim that John McCain and I collaborated and conspired in the 2008 campaign is especially laughable…Beck needs to stick to conspiracies that can't be so easily de-bunked by facts."

And Huckabee wasn't through. "Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me," he continued.

"He ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time."

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. MM

    Beck's popularity is a clear indicator that we need to invest more in educating our citizens.

    April 21, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Jen

    Beck could learn a few thing from an anit-obesity program – he's certainly headed that way. Beck is the biggest clown faux entertainment has produced. Caribou Creep is a clown, but faux didn't produce her – McHasNoShame DID!

    April 21, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. AEK

    So now that the Republicans find themselves the subjects of Glenn's delusions they are a bad thing?

    April 21, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. kim

    WOW! Eating their own! LOVE IT!!! Mike Huckabee is NOT my favorite person, and I disagree with 99% of what he supports, HOWEVER he hit the nail on this one! Beck is insane, and Huckabee is NOT, and should NOT even acknowledge this side show! He also need not engage with Trump, who is a nobody...He needs to make nice with palin, to get her supporters, but the rest of these LOONS on the right dont deserve the time of day from even Mike Huckabee!

    April 21, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Jon

    I have no love for Mike Huckabee, but he's spot on here. Glenn Beck is a stone cold moron.

    April 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. excitizen

    The lunatic fringe are turning on each other!

    April 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. PalmReader

    "He ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time."

    It's probably a lesson ALL GOPers could use right about now, Huckster. Including growing up and acting like the mature adults your age dictates you are. If I had a dollar for every time one of you has blasted, slammed, criticized, whined, and sulked over President Obama this past 3 years, God knows, I'd probably be rich enough to start second guessing the need for continuing Bush's tax cuts to the upper 2%ers myself.

    April 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Well, it does come from Glenn Beck – the only man who cries more on national TV than Weepin' John! Governor Huckabee took the high road in his response to this gutter slime. What does Beck want? A nation of Roly-Polys? The First Lady's initiative to combat childhood obesity involves no government control – only teaching people that things like Deep-fried Twinkies may not be the best dietary choice. When Governor Huckabee was in office, one of his fights was against childhood obesity and the other medical problems related to it. And even though I am a Liberal Dem, I look up to the Governor for his personal accomplishment of losing weight, and getting his blood pressure and cholesterol under control, especially as this has been a personal fight of mine, too!

    So, Governor Huckabee, even though I may not agree with your political philosophies, that does not mean I do not respect you and appreciate all the good you accomplished during your tenure and beyond! You are the kind of guy I would enjoy sitting around with after Church Services, enjoying a glass of Iced Tea (unsweetened, of course) with, and sharing opinions about Everything! Keep to the High Road, sir!

    April 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Dear Mr. Huckabee...

    First Beck called President Obama a Nazi, and I did not speak out -
    Because I am not President Obama.

    Then he called George Soros a Nazi, and I did not speak out -
    Because I am not George Soros.

    Then he called Brian Urlacher (WTF?) a Nazi, and I did not speak out -
    Because I am not Brian Urlacher.

    Then he came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

    As Lewis Black pointed out, Glenn Beck has Nazi Tourettes. Where were your complaints before he got around to you Huckabee?

    April 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. brownstain

    Beckerhead, Trump, Palin, Bachman!
    What a circus.
    Now they're starting to eat each other.
    It's great to be a spectator at this freak parade.

    April 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Keven

    Why is progressive a bad thing to republicans? They would rather be regressive or obsolete?

    April 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. brownstain

    Beck, Trump, Palin, Bachman!
    What a circus.
    Now they're starting to eat each other.
    It's great to be a spectator at this freak parade.

    April 21, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    For all my Conservative comperes on this blog – remember, the Progressive wing was a strong part of the National Republican Party before the NeoCons took over! Do not attack your party's traditions too closely, or you will find yourselves in the same place as the Whigs in 1868.

    April 21, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. LovesIrony

    WOW, Only to beck would a right wing religious fanatic, that wants to impose his religion on all of us, be considered a progressive.

    April 21, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    Wow! these little girls from FAUX NEWS are whimpering like 'hores! – it's like a cat fight with all these know-it-all lil whiny idiots trying to out do themselves on how stupid they've become!!!

    Add Palin, Donald Trump and Bachmann to the mix...and you get a perfect picture of how crazyNuts the right have become!!!

    April 21, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Casual

    Why is it that the party of knuckleheads always speaks up about the morons in their party when the moron will now, more than likely, be out of the public eye?

    How about denouncing them when they are full swing for a change, maybe call them nut jobs even?

    April 21, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Beck leaving Faux Noise and Faux having the Faux Noise Party's 2012 paid-and-played POTUS candidates try to distance themselves from him is just part of a scam attempt to sell the American public genuine conservative extremist dolts like Huckabee as moderates. In reality, it's a solid stool criticizing a pile of loose stools for not keeping it together. There's no real difference between the two...if you sniffit, they smell the same.

    April 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Four More For Sure!

    Wow. What would he prefer to be called "Regressive"?? That's the sorry state of today's GOTP, progress for all of us in the US is inherently evil and should be avoided at all costs, no matter how "Christian" one tries to appear. The GOTP is bent on regressing the nation, take it back to the 1800s.
    Obviously the real patriots are the progressives.

    April 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. LeftCoastMike

    Why should Huckabee even care what this mental midget says? Beck no more understands the national socialist party movement in post- World War I Germany than he does the rationale behind the "Establishment Clause" to the U.S. Constitution. Like all fundamentalist, religious radicals, Beck has become what he claims to oppose, a sociapathic facist whose conduct is justified by 'divine" inspiration. That is exactly the miind-set that was the essence of the nazis,who came from agricultural , religiously-conservative Bavaria in southern Germany, not from educated and progressive Berlin. There was nothing "progressive" about the Nazis. Beck has crumbled into a farsical cartoon , screeching his dirty fingernails across a blackboard while every day, more and more people change the channel. C'mon Mike, don't waste your time. Just crank us up a good tune and be happy. Let Beck stew in his own filthy slop of a world.

    April 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Freddy

    I love watching the Grand Old Tea Party eat their young. This kind of stuff was inevitable in a party that moves further and further to the right.

    April 21, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. CaliforniaBC

    Since when has Progressive become a bad word or an insult? Progressive is positive, progress...moving forward, going beyond the average, excelling. Why is this a negative? Huckabee should take being calling a "progressive" as a compliment. He should deride beck for HIS moronic view of the word and embrace "progressive" as a positive descriptor which it is.

    Let's stick with reality and not accept the definitions laid out by the likes of beck and other right-wing nuts like him. They do not dictate the views of the country.

    April 21, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. mypitts2

    Beck's gun has already blown up in his face - which is why Fox is canceling him. He has officially become a thorn in the side of the GOP machine and Fox can't have that.

    April 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. freakyabdul

    "I agree with Glen. I think Huckabee is another politician that is whatever the crowd he's in wants him to be. We have that in the white house now."

    Have you NOT been paying attention. ALL Presidents are like this you imbecile.

    April 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Roscoe

    The GOP presidential hopefuls are trying to distance themselves from the things that they know REAL Americans will vote against.....birthers, Glen Beck, Palin, etc.

    April 21, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Aezel

    Well Mr. Huckabee, this is what happens when you belong to a political party that relies on talking point figure-heads who are absolutely crazy. The thing about totally crazy people is that you never know how they will behave, they may turn on you at any time.

    The GOP created people like Beck, now you deal with him.

    April 21, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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