Glenn Beck's radio co-hosts, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, routinely make fun of Beck for his eccentric taste in clothes and accessories.
On Monday, after Beck said he has finally figured out why he dresses so uniquely, Burguiere asked whether "blindness" had something to do with it.
"That did cross my mind," Beck said with a laugh. "But anyway, no. I figured something out. And I think we are all suffering from it. I'm just manifesting it in a different way."
Beck said he selects clothes that remind him of the 1970s and 1980s because he likes "the way things were" in those decades; they were "simpler times."
"I just want something to make sense, because nothing in the media is making sense. Nothing in Washington is making sense," he said. "Quite honestly, sometimes you even listen to the people in the pulpits and they don't make sense. Guys, what are we doing? Simpler times."
Beck fully admitted that previous decades had many issues, but said that because he was younger, he didn't feel "connected to all of the problems."
"You are much more optimistic when you're 20," he said. "Now you have the concerns of not just you, but also your children and your grandchildren. ... It's deeper. So the problems weren't any better or any worse. They just are."
Beck compared his wardrobe selection to "the Disney theory," where the main entrance was designed to reflect the country in the World War I era, but "tomorrowland" was right around the corner.
"The kids were coming in to see the magic at the end of the street, but the adults were so upset," Beck explained. "It was a time where we were having blacklists, where the communists were everywhere, where we had people that were going to try to blow us up, we were in the great war, the war to end all wars, then World War II, then we went immediately to Korea. ... Everything was changing so rapidly."
"So they would go to Disneyland, and Walt put a warm blanket around them and said, 'Remember what it was like when the world made sense? Remember what it was like?'" Beck continued. "And it gave them a chance to go, 'Oh, relax. It's a safe place.' And then they could enjoy the magic."
Beck said that by dressing in clothes that remind him of his childhood, he is "trying to put a warm blanket around [himself]."
"It's my normalcy bias manifesting," Beck said. "I think we are all feeling this need to have a warm blanket, but there isn't one. And I think I'm just creatively finding my own warm blanket."
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