Glenn Beck said Friday that NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre told him the organization is opening an ethics investigation into Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.
"Two days ago I was on the air and I brought up Grover Norquist," Beck explained on his radio program. "He's a board member on the NRA, and he's running for re-election. And I said something then that I meant then and I mean now -- that if Grover Norquist remains on the board of the NRA, I don't believe that I can remain a member of the NRA."
Beck said he believes the people that Norquist "helps empower" are "agents of influence" for the Muslim Brotherhood.
"Many of the reasons why we're on the wrong track now in the Middle East is because of the influence of Grover Norquist," Beck said. "He is a guy that the left used to say was the all mighty and powerful Oz during the Bush administration. I used to mock that. ... [But] we heard it so many times that we started doing our own homework on it. ... And I'm sorry, he is Oz."
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist attends a press conference discussing the taxation of marijuana businesses outside the U.S. Capitol September 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images)
Beck said he agrees with Norquist's tax policy, but "when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood and Islam, this guy is on the wrong side whether he knows it or not."
"I don't believe he's out trying to destroy America, but his efforts and his work will lead to the destruction of America," Beck declared. "Yesterday I spent about an hour on the phone with Wayne LaPierre at the NRA. ... They reacted immediately because of your phone calls. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of phone calls have apparently come in."
"I honestly expected some sort of defense. But [Wayne LaPierre] said, '...I want you [and] your audience to know, I take our members voice's seriously,'" Beck continued. "When you called, they went into action. And they said that they were opening up an ethics investigation on Grover. They said they're going to get down to the bottom of this once and for all. Grover denies all of these allegations."
Beck said he fully expects to be called a racist and an Islamophobe, though "there's not a racist bone in [his] body." But he praised the fact that the NRA has promised a "fully transparent" investigation that will be "posted on the web."
"When it comes down to something this important, agents of influence ... we do not take a risk," Beck said. "Especially with an organization as important as the NRA. ... We cannot lose the NRA. And that's why I say this, because I believe Grover Norquist is an agent of influence. I believe that he is influencing people to look the other way when it comes to people like the Muslim Brotherhood."
Beck encouraged people to do their own homework on the issue, referencing an article from the Center for Security Policy highlighting other influential figures in the realm of national security who have had the same concerns.
"My opinion is, he's a very dangerous man, whether knowingly or unknowingly," Beck concluded. "And if he remains on the board of the NRA, I will to have resign my membership. And that comes at great pain for me because I love these people. I really love them and I believe in them."
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