Glenn Beck, increasingly a maverick within the conservative wing of the Republican Party, has doubled down on his acute dislike of Donald Trump, referring to the GOP nominee for president as a “sociopath” during a Monday night appearance on PBS’s Charlie Rose.
When Rose pressed his guest to explain why he sees Trump this way, Beck responded, “Have you seen him during the last year and a half truly feel for someone that couldn’t help him? Truly connect on a human level, and say, 'This has made me stop; this has made me think. ... I am deeply sorry for what I have said?'
“A sociopath is somebody who doesn’t really see the human experience in anyone else, and I haven’t seen that in him. I haven’t seen him deeply affected by the human condition in an individual....frightening.”
While Trump clearly has no shortage of critics from within his own party, the zeal with which Beck and other high-profile figures within the conservative movement have engaged in stinging criticism of the nominee…strikes many Republicans as both odd and insidious, given the Democratic option for president this year. Many grass-roots Republican voters see the importance of this election revolving largely around the issue of who will enjoy the privilege of nominating Supreme Court Justices over the course of the next several years, and that, in their opinion, a Trump presidency would be far better for America in that respect than would a Clinton White House.
As noted, Beck has been a strong critic of Trump and his run for the Oval Office since it commenced this election season, and it appears his dislike for The Donald became even more acute following the release of the so-called “Trump Tapes.” Just after that mess came to public light, Beck authored a Facebook post about the candidate on October 8, saying, in part, “It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large