Glenn Beck warned Americans on his television program Monday not to underestimate the threat of the Ebola virus.
"What's our plan? The deadly virus is spreading like wildfire in west Africa, and apparently, it mutates each time it's transferred," he said. "Experts are worried that the virus could mutate and become a respiratory virus. Got it?"
"In other words, you walk by, somebody coughs or sneezes ... and they have Ebola?" Beck said. "You now can become infected."
Beck said a tipster warned him about an increasing number of Mexican and Nigerian prison guards in Texas, and "the transcripts of the interviews we have done in the last 24 hours [will] make your head pop."
"Doesn't really seem like a good policy for a number of reasons," Beck said. "And again, what pops out is Ebola! Call me crazy, but letting Nigerians roam freely in and out of our country as they work as correctional officers in prisons, also in transportation and food service, might seem like something we should look into. You know?"
"While I find it a bit ironic that the president won't call dropping bombs on terrorists 'war,' and while I don't think the federal government is actually up to the task, I do think this should have our full attention," Beck concluded. "But maybe that's just me."
But Beck's radio co-hosts, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, have expressed more optimism about the threat.
Beck joked that if they were in a movie, the radio hosts who say Ebola is "nothing to worry about" would likely be among the first to contract the virus, and people would look back on their words in shock.
Beck pretended to send Gray to Houston to interview a group of Nigerian guards, to play out how it all could happen.
Gray appeared pale, with red eyes, and it wasn't long before he started coughing fake blood.
"It's allergy season here in Houston, and I think I just need a little bit of this," Gray said, holding up Mucinex D. "All prison employees in Texas go through a rigorous testing process to make sure that nobody carries in anything like Ebola. They're meticulous."
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