The Secret Service reportedly launched an investigation after comments made by conservative media personality and businessman Glenn Beck were initially misreported by several news websites.
Agents even visited TheBlaze’s studios in Dallas on Friday, according to Beck.
During his radio show live from CPAC on Friday, Beck was talking about sitting in the “shoes” of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s rivals when his producer, Stu Burguiere, hit him with a mocking comment.
“Was it gigantic shoes?” Burguiere joked.
“If I was close enough and I had a knife. Really. I mean the stabbing just wouldn’t stop,” Beck said, directing the comment at Burguiere, who was joining Beck on the air from Dallas.
I'm not sure exactly how this got started, but it's made for an interesting afternoon. It was reported that Glenn had threatened to stab a presidential candidate this morning – which was odd, since I was on the show with him and didn't notice anything like that. (Although, I do tune him out from time to time.)Of course, if you were listening, you know that Glenn actually threatened ME, not Donald Trump. So, I am now stuck in the odd situation of defending my boss for threatening my life. Basically, Glenn was talking about what candidates should say when asked if they would vote for Donald Trump. He said, "I dont know what I would say if I were sitting in their shoes." Obviously, he meant if "I were in their shoes" or if "I had to walk a day in their shoes" but he butchered the analogy. So, I made fun of him. As I do, every day.I asked "why would you be sitting in someones shoes?" But, we were sort of talking over each other. So, Glenn stopped his point to hear what I said, (you can see him pause and listen), and I reiterated "Do they have gigantic shoes? Why would you be sitting in them?"At that point he said TO ME, not to any of the candidates, but TO ME, "if I were close enough and had a knife, the stabbing would not stop."As he says this, you can see both Glenn and myself smiling and laughing. The video is here, watch for yourself, but a couple of points:To be fair to the media, some sites edited the transcript, so getting the wrong idea was somewhat understandable. They also didn't know by just those few seconds of audio that we were in different locations. Glenn was in DC at CPAC, I was in Dallas. That's why he said "if I were close enough." Additionally, this is how we bust on each other all the time. If you listen **at all** you know that. It's akin to the conversation:–HOLY CRAP- did you see that actor stumble on his way into the room! Why didn't they edit that out or do a retake!!!–Actually, that's Kramer. It's what he does in every episode of Seinfeld.–OK but why is Jerry so mean to that mailman!Anyway, the video speaks for itself. Thanks to The Hill, Politico, Daily Caller, Ben Shapiro, Brad Thor, Dana and many others for correcting and clarifying. Special thanks to to the fine people at Right Wing Watch who tweeted:@RightWingWatch: We’re obviously not fans of Glenn Beck, but he was clearly jokingly threatening @WorldOfStu, not Trump.I will say that this is was a disturbing revelation:@iamjasond: I feel bad this went from BECK WANT TO STAB TRUMP to Never mind, he was JUST talking about his cohost #StuLivesMatterHere are a couple of the stories if you want to check them out:Mediaite: No, Glenn Beck Did Not Say He Would Have Stabbed Trump at Last Night’s GOP Debatehttp://www.mediaite.com/online/beck-if-i-were-next-to-trump-at-gop-debate-with-a-knife-the-stabbing-just-wouldnt-stop/Love this headline: Glenn Beck jokes about stabbing producerhttp://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/271819-glenn-beck-suggests-he-would-stab-producerNotably as of 4:45pm, Breitbart still leads with the quote and picture of Glenn, even though the clarification from the Daily Caller is included in its story from hours and hours earlier. They just really care about my life apparently.Update: Breitbart has corrected the story. Thanks to everyone who took the time to look into this. I feel like the Internet worked today.
Posted by Stu Burguiere on Friday, March 4, 2016
Several news websites initially interpreted the remark as a threat against Trump himself and published stories with attention-grabbing headlines. The reports were eventually corrected after publication, but the story quickly spread across the Internet.
Burguiere attempted to clear up the confusion in a Facebook post on Friday:
“It was reported that Glenn had threatened to stab a presidential candidate this morning which was odd since I was on the show with him and didn’t notice anything like that… Of course, if you were listening, you know that Glenn actually threatened me, not Donald Trump, so I am in the odd situation of defending my boss for threatening my life.”
Nonetheless, because the Secret Service is protecting Trump, they have launched an investigation into the matter.
Watch Beck discuss the incident and the context behind the “stabbing” comment with Dana Loesch at CPAC: