Amid his disagreement with Sean Hannity's support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Glenn Beck is asking those who lean right and don't share Hannity's opinion on Trump to cease fighting and find a way to come back together.
"If you are a fan of mine, do not pick a side, please. Do not get involved in this. Please. Don't condemn Sean or anyone else. I truly believe Sean is doing what he feels he needs to do, just as I am," Beck said Wednesday. "I have told you for months, there are no more good choices. I'm not happy with what I believe I'm forced to do — but my principles dictate that I stand. ... You can condemn me if you want. That's fine. I expect it. Don't condemn him, please. The pressure on this job, the pressure on him is enormous. Enormous. I truly believe he's trying to do the right thing. We just strongly disagree."
"And if Donald Trump wins, you can kiss my ass goodbye. If Hillary Clinton wins — if we don't reunite with everyone and have all hands on deck, there's no chance of stopping Hillary Clinton. Zero. So do not divide anymore, please," Beck implored. "Don't divide anymore."
Even after Hannity said he's holding Beck and others against Trump responsible if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the general election, Beck — noting the friendship he's been building with Hannity over the last four years — said it's time to stop trading jabs.
"Anybody who is expecting me to punch back is going to be sorely disappointed today," Beck said. "I can't speak for the others who get more offended for me than I do at times on this show, but I would ask them not to punch back."
He added: "I'm not going to blame Sean or anybody else for helping to nominate a GOP candidate that was a Democrat. If Sean is a believer, if he believes Trump is a reliable conservative — he knows him, I don't — I don't lay the blame at his feet. I don't believe Trump, Sean does. If Sean believes he can ascribe a logical line through Trump's positions or that we even know what Trump's positions are, okay. If Sean believes that Hillary Clinton is so bad that anyone — and I do mean anyone is better — I don't blame him."
Beck reiterated his vehement non-support for Clinton as well:
For the millionth time, I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. Never. She is cyanide to the republic, but I happen to believe Donald Trump may be worse. I want you to understand that I'm not as concerned about the destruction of America because I believe Americans can rebuild anything. I am more concerned about the perversion of America into something so dark and so sinister that we make the fascists and the communists of the 1930s and '40s look like rookies.
Noting that while he's been a "reliable Republican voter," Beck emphasized that "I am not a Republican. I'm not into team sports with our political system. I vote for the person who reflects me — and neither party reflects me, certainly neither candidate reflects me."
"While I have been strong with my warnings on Donald Trump, I have been equally strong in my condemnation of Clinton," he noted. "If you add up the amount of time that I've spent on air fighting the Clinton machine and her allies versus Donald Trump, I doubt the scale would even register more than a rounding error. ... When all of this is over, whatever that means, we are going to need to come back together."