Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeated Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's GOP runoff Tuesday, and many media outlets are suggesting Cochran's heavy courtship of black Democrats was key to his success.
The issue infuriated Glenn Beck, who said on his radio program that Cochran's actions are proof that "establishment" Republicans are "much more comfortable with having Democrats come out and vote, than having their base come out and vote."
Beck grew so angry at one point during his broadcast -- which he is doing from his ranch this week -- that he briefly stepped away from the microphone to shoot his rifle:
"Stress relief at the ranch," Beck remarked in a video posted to Instagram. "That's how we do it out west."
Here's how it all sounded to radio listeners (skip to around 1 minute in):
Beck also demanded to know what Cochran has done for the black community during his decades in Washington.
"I have a question for every black Democrat in Mississippi," Beck said. "What the hell has this 90-year-old fart, a white Republican -- the same white Republican that for years the Democrats had been telling you are nothing but old racists -- you tell me exactly what Thad Cochran did for you."
"Is it the unemployment rate that is so great for African Americans?" Beck asked. "Or do you give credit for the wonderful African-American unemployment rate to the president and the Democrats?"
Beck said he saw one statistic, which has also been reported in the Washington Post, indicating a 40 percent increase in voter turnout among black communities.
"So tell me, there's got to be something that set a fire under your ass," Beck demanded. "What was it?"
Then, with heavy sarcasm, Beck decided to see the "good news" from the situation.
"King Obama has done it," Beck said. "Race relations are healed, because when you can get an old white southern Republican lighting a fire under people ... we have been healed. Everybody go to the ocean and look, because the sea level is going to start going down at any moment."
Beck said Washington, D.C., is no longer "a place of representative government ... it is a place of aristocracy."
"George Washington warned us, the two-party system will be the death of us," he said. "America, the gig is up. It is really obvious now. They are doing nothing but playing a game, holding onto their power."
You can listen to Beck's complete monologue, below.
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