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. Logic

    God forbid we have any progress...

    April 21, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    this is hilarious, it is because of progressiveness that Beck made so much money in the first place. How stupid are the follwers of these guys? There is no logic involved when it comes to the GOP and who they follow, support, and listen to. They have done everything to themselves regarding negativity of their image. Fox protects you, but when the rest of the world goes over misstruths and lies you blame the media, when you provide legislation that is blatently racist because of who you exclude that does not have to follow (SB 1070 not requiring all citizens to carry proof of citizenship), you blame any and everyone but yourselves. The leadership and the followers of the GOP, in all of my 33 years on this earth, have never been responsible for their irresponsible policies. $14T of debt was not done by only democrats and Obama, the financial system collapse was not done by only democrats and Fannie and Freddie, Iraq was not done by only democrats, I can go on and on.

    April 21, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Al Mensch

    Four dead cops in Washington state is all anybody needs to know about Huckabee's progressive nature.

    April 21, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. here we go again

    Its the beginning of "silly season" you have the teaparty, palin, trump, beck, limbaugh, ok you get the picture.....right? and it just started. Who would have ever thought the Republican party would be on the brink of destruction, ok wait before someone call me a liberal.... I'm a independent! I voted for both repub and dems. getting back to what i was saying the repubs party is so divided nothing clear which directions they want to move in, well we all no its not foward (lol) They are a hot mess right now, I cant take em serious anymore. So here's my prediction Big "O" will win re-election 2012 and the dems win both senate and House.

    April 21, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Glenn Beck has no idea what progressive is, being the exact opposite, and maybe even a little psychotic. Wanting children to be healthy isn't a progressive idea, it's a humane one. I would never be surprised to discover Beck isn't capable of human emotion.

    April 21, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Stevareeno

    He needed to do this long ago. Too little, too late!

    April 21, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. betterdays

    I'm a rather conservative person, and I believe Glenn Beck shows signs of real mental illness. I'm not just using that term as a common insult; I think the man may very well be losing his mind.

    April 21, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. gandoman

    Does this mean what???
    Huckabee ... or ... Hasabeen, as I refer to him early in the election ,has a problem with Glenn Tea Party Beck?
    The Tea Party is really the ..... TEA POTTY ..... & I am not talking about the BOSTON ACCENT.
    The TEA POTTY is where all good ideas get washed down the toilet, leaving only a few skid marks to be turned into TEA POTTY rhetoric.
    The TEA POTTY movement wishes to relive a certain incident which occured in Boston Harbor on Dec.16,1773.
    They somehow equate the American Colony's protest against a 'tax on tea' with the current political situation.
    In other words, they wish to overthrow the current Government & set up a White Supremacist Nation where Liberals, Gays, Blacks, Jews, darker
    skinned Latinos, Muslims, Buddhists & all NON-christians will have some semblence of democracy until they are slowly & inevitably exterminated.
    Except of course for those UNEQUALS who are unusually well trained & educated & can become useful in the new America.
    Professional Athletes for example!
    The TEA POTTY movement (think bowel) needs to be flushed down the proverbial sewer where it sprang up from.
    Like a new infectuous disease which gathers strength quickly & mutates, the TEA POTTIERS will eventually be destroyed by a combination of
    disinfectants such as the MAJORITY of the American People will supply.

    April 21, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Bob Dog

    Is there anything more delightful than to see two, cheap, hypo-critical, pompous, self-serving republicans bashing each other?

    Each one of these guys, because of they filth the spread across this country promoting themselves, makes this country a little less of a better place to live. I hope they beat each other into a pulp.

    April 21, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Marco Budgyk

    Glenn Beck is over already. He's not even worth responding to.

    April 21, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Montanan

    Hucklebee is against the national healthcare bill because he's pro-life after death. I hope the Rev. Huck gets exactly what he wishes for the American people.

    By the way, the right Rev. gained back all the weight he lost and more, so you can't give him credit for the weight loss. It's just like Rush Limblaugh. They are gluttons with no discipline in every aspect of their lives. They grab it all for themselves and don't give one iota for anyone else. Then they call themselves good christians. Huck isn't running for president for the same reason Trump and Palin won't run: It doesn't pay enough.

    As for that other crazy moron, he's yesterday's news and not worthy of any attention from anyone.

    April 21, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What's funnier? Beck Calling Huckabee a Progressive or Huckabee taking offense?
    to be progressive is to move forward. To embrace change -ie- PROGRESS!
    Next these self -proclaimed stunted politicos will be using the "genius" as a derogatory comment. Oh Wait- they already think that- "Ivy League Elitists" are something bad to them as well

    April 21, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    This is where the fun begins. The conservative infighting is beginning before the field has even taken shape.

    April 21, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Jeff Campbell

    It's so much fun to watch the baggers in their circular firing squad! This is even more fun than football!

    April 21, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    Sit down "preacher man", most intelligent people don't listen to ANYTHING that comes out of that morons mouth anyway,or your mouth for that matter!...........Non-issue, move on!

    April 21, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. CIA

    You know who ELSE liked to compare things to Hitler and the Nazis? Do you?


    April 21, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Bill

    I think Glenn has really lost it. Seriously.

    April 21, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Progress is what brought us cars, planes, the space exploration, higher education, etc.

    I guess from the way they are acting that the republicans are definitely against it.

    April 21, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. BlackPanthers2020

    GOP=GREED OVER PEOPLE , and the worst thing for an American people !!!!

    April 21, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Amir Goy

    BOTH of these Bozos bring entirely new meaning to the old phrase, "Bring in the clowns".

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

    Actually when ever I need a good laugh I look for the Glen Beck show, this man is hilarious and you really cannot take him seriously. My farts make more sense than Beck.

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

    As history will inevitably show, the pure irony of GOP and Beck's rhetoric is that it enacts precisely what it accuses 'liberals', Obama, and/or 'progressives' of doing: divisiveness, invoking fear and anger, historical revisionism, class warfare, and spreading all of that around with a good dose of ignorance. The sooner Glenn Beck is off national air waves, the better off this country will be. He is a cancer within a insidious that the cancer that is Ailes'/Murdoch's Fox News has begun to excise the metastasizing mass that is Glenn Beck.

    April 21, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    Just another GOP "chiristian" advocating gun violence as a solution!

    April 21, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. keylargo

    Huckabee aligned himself with Beck and other Right Wingers, then joined Faux Noise as a fellow commentator. Mike, when you lay down with dogs, you're going to get fleas. I see you're scratching already!

    April 21, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. GOP reaps what they sow

    The GOP was only too glad to welcome Drudge, Beck, Ingram, Limbaugh, etc. Now these clowns are turning on them and the spotlight is really uncomfortable.

    These are the same goofy, off the wall, way out there, no holds barred nutsos that make up the tea party. No compromise, no talking. Let's just ram my idea down your throat and its my way or the highway. No room for anybody else's opinion. They know it all.

    You wait. Pretty soon it is going to be democrats, independents and GOP moderates (in the next 5 years). The rest of the lunatic fringe (including the loony left wing liberals) will be left in the dust. Then America will really get things done.

    April 21, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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