Glenn Beck on Thursday likened New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge scandal to a long list of scandals tied to President Obama, saying both illustrate "why you don't give so much power to the government."
"The ends justify the means," Beck said. "This Chris Christie story is everything we despise in Barack Obama."
Members of Christie's staff are accused of closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a way to get back at Mayor Mark Sokolich, who did not support Christie's re-election bid.
Beck referenced a CNN interview in which DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claimed the president's purported ignorance of scandals is different than Christie's. As she saw it, the president was unaware of "policy issues," whereas Christie's was a scandal "in which his staff and possibly him exacted political retribution..."
"How is that different than the IRS scandal?" Beck demanded. His co-host Stu Burguiere argued that if anything, it's "not as bad."
"Same attitude," Burguiere summarized. "And if Chris Christie was president, he would do something similar - maybe not to the level of payback - but he would do something similar to punish his enemies."
And as was the case with the president, Beck said that even if Christie didn't explicitly give the order, his ignorance is just as troubling.
"It shows he's putting horrible people around him and creating some sort of environment where these people think it's a good idea, it is going to please their boss, to punish ... his enemies," Burguiere noted.
Beck warned that "conservatives need to run from Chris Christie," saying this is the "quintessential example of why I'm against him."
And Beck added that if he starts supporting Christie in 2016 because he is the "lesser of two evils," his co-hosts need to "slap" him. He went so far as to compare the state of the country -- and the Republican Party in particular -- to his days as an alcoholic.
Every morning, Beck said he would wake up and say he wasn't going to drink that day. But something always happened, and he always ended up doing it. The radio host said eventually he was so disgusted with himself that he couldn't even look in the mirror.
"That's exactly where we are," Beck said. "Every election, (we say) we're not going to vote for one of those guys."
But when the time comes, conservatives always rationalize that the Republican nominee is at least better than the Democrat, and get sucked back in.
"It's time to stand up and say what you mean, mean what you say, and accept the consequences," Beck said, encouraging people to be honest, decent, and true to their beliefs. "Let's be a curious people that just get down to it, do it for the right reasons, and in the end, you'll win."
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