After initially teasing O’Reilly by claiming that he was “dismissive” of Trump, Beck began his analysis in a positive light, calling Trump “a guy who gets things done” and someone he “really respects,” but still confessing that he has “made me a little uncomfortable recently.” O’Reilly rebutted by approving of Trump’s harsh language on China and the economy, which was precisely what concerned Beck. “the whole ‘I’m going to go pound China’… you can’t just go pound China!” he complained, which, to the casual Beck viewer may be surprising given his national debt fears, but is rather consistent with his ideology. Amidst much of the theater the consistent looming threat of America falling under that defines his program, it is easy to forget that Beck is first and foremost a libertarian, which means a lot of Trump’s neo-conservative “to the victor go the spoils” invasion talk just doesn’t sit too well. And the birther talk, when Trump, “releas[ed] a birth certificate worse than Obama’s,” appeared to be another layer of self-parody that pushed Beck away.
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