During his Friday morning radio broadcast, Glenn Beck fielded calls from Ron Paul supporters, with each caller progressively reaching new depths of radicalism.
The initial phone-in went pretty well, coming from what Glenn called a rational Paul supporter. Feeling comfortable, Glenn went on to the next caller, a man named Tom from Florida, but it didn’t take long for the “passion,” and, conspiracy theories to emerge. Tom first accused Glenn of being on the payroll of the pro-Israel lobby. Then, while defending Paul’s foreign policy, the caller declared that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, along with Osama bin Laden, were not at all crazy.
“Hey, Glenn, how are you?” opened the caller. “I’m definitely a Ron Paul supporter, and I definitely believe that your interests for America are put after Israel’s interests, and you’re operating on behalf of Israel and not America.”
“I believe you took your 30 pieces of silver for Israel over America,” he continued.
After accusing Glenn of shilling for Israel, the caller went on to say that bin Laden was justified in his actions because Americans have “bombed his people and…killed his women and children with bombs and airplanes.”
Glenn then sarcastically asked the caller: “Osama Bin Laden and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they’re not crazy?” To which the caller replied, “no,” pressing, “What makes Ahmadinejad crazy? What makes him crazy?”
Of course, there wasn’t much to the call after that. Glenn thanked the caller and joked that he was doing a real “service” to Ron Paul by spouting such rhetoric.
“This guy’s crazy, I believe uneducated, a conspiracy theorist, and a bigot,” concluded Glenn.
Considering the controversial views of some of his supporters, is Paul’s candidacy for President served well by the more radical elements of his base?