Glenn Beck took to radio Thursday morning to make the case that President Barack Obama is more “passionate” about defeating his Republican “enemies” than dealing with the Islamic State.
Beck’s criticism came after many called out the president for failing to return to the White House from his trips to Cuba and Argentina in order to focus solely on Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels. Instead, Obama attended a baseball game in Cuba with President Raúl Castro and danced the tango at a state dinner in Argentina.
During his radio broadcast, Beck played audio from the commander in chief’s response to the attacks in the Belgian capital and his strategy to defeat the Islamic State.
“We defeat them in part by saying, ‘You are not strong. You are weak,’” Obama said during a press conference Wednesday in Argentina. “[W]e send a message to those who might be inspired by them to say, ‘You are not going to change our values of—”
Beck cut the audio, then seeking to contrast the president’s “tone” with his comments about his Republican counterparts. “Now, did you hear the tone of this? We’re going to say that you’re weak, and this is how we win this. Now, let me go show you when he is passionate about something,” Beck charged.
The conservative firebrand then played 2010 audio of Obama’s strong response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, in which the president invoked strong language, saying he was meeting with experts in the field to determine “whose ass to kick.”
“A month ago, I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain, talking about what a potential crisis this could be,” Obama said in an interview on NBC. ”And I don’t sit around, just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Beck contrasted the president’s responses to the oil spill and the Islamic State: “Listen to the difference. We’re going to just tell them that ‘you’re a loser.’ ‘I want to go kick some ass.’”
And when it comes to Obama’s rhetoric on his Republican opponents, who he described in 2010 as “enemies,” Beck said there is a “huge” difference.
“I think a lot of it is going to depend on whether we still have some support, not only from Democrats, but also Republicans, but they’re going to be paying attention to this election,” Obama said in a 2010 Univision interview. “And if Latinos sit out the election, instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important with us—’”
Beck interrupted the clip, saying the president is “passionate” when he’s talking about the GOP but not so much when it comes to the Islamic State.
He also played audio of Obama campaigning against the GOP in 2009: “But I don’t want the folks who created the mess, I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”
According to Beck’s radio show co-host Pat Gray, Obama just doesn’t believe the Islamic State is a “big deal.”
“He just doesn’t think it’s a big deal,” Gray said. “Fortunately, you know, he’s the only one, because even the media believes this is a big deal. They are concerned about terrorism.”
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