Glenn Beck said Monday that Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear is "not a pro-life guy" or a Christian.
"I have news for you. How a guy is a pothead, S&M [sadomasochism], bondage, party freak ... it doesn't square with 'he really cares about babies,'" Beck said on The Glenn Beck Radio Program.
According to Beck, Dear's criminal record and his alleged crimes at the Planned Parenthood clinic are not reflective of someone who is pro-life. Instead, Beck says, he is a "psychopath," attempting to dispel assertions that Dear's actions were a result of pro-life rhetoric — a charge leveled by the head of Planned Parenthood in the wake of the shootings.
"I think it's important to recognize that words matter ... when you use this kind of hateful rhetoric, whether you are a politician or whether you're in elected office, or whether you are an opposition group," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told NPR.
Richards went on to say she has been concerned about the "climate" and said she believes the "hateful rhetoric" coming from opposition "might be contributing" to violence.
Beck asserted that people "should have known" that Dear was a "psychopath" because of his history with animal cruelty and "peeping tom" charges.
"That's not the sign of a Christian — that's a psycho," Beck said. "And it shows, also, a pattern. He's inflicting pain on an animal and then, in his sexual habits, he likes to inflict pain. ... This is not a Christian."
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