Glenn Beck is one of the most powerful conservative voices on the radio in this country and he is saying according to multiple sources including POLITICO that Americans are unable to stop Donald Trump because the nation suffers from “battered spouse syndrome.”
“We no longer know who we really are, many have given up and a few are about to light the bed on fire,” the former Fox News host wrote in a lengthy Facebook post, an open letter to the Republican front-runner.
Beck’s Facebook post comes in the days following Trump’s string of tweets criticizing Fox News host Megyn Kelly and characterizing her as an “overrated” reporter. Beck defends Kelly as “brilliant, honest, and brave,” and asks Trump to grow up.
“Should a presidential candidate be so thin skinned that he must belittle, abuse, and threaten women? Will we really vote for you? A man who abuses anyone who doesn’t kiss his ring? I know I will not,” he wrote. “Donald, she is a journalist. This is what they do.”
Trump has tweeted about Kelly numerous times in the last week, calling her an “overrated” journalist, and asking his supporters to boycott her show.
Highly overrated & crazy @megynkelly is always complaining about Trump and yet she devotes her shows to me. Focus on others Megyn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2016
Meanwhile, Trump and Kelly have been in something of a one-sided feud since the first Republican debate last year, when she led things off by asking about his past history with sexist statements.
Friday evening, Fox News released this statement responding to Trump:
“Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land. Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.”
As you might expect the Trump camp was quick to respond to the Fox News remarks.
“Megyn Kelly is a highly overrated reporter and anchor that constantly disparages Mr. Trump with negative and inaccurate reports. Despite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis. In fact, Fox News has begged Mr. Trump to do a prime time special to be broadcast on the Fox Network, not cable, with Megyn Kelly. He has turned them down. Likewise, they recently called for an unsolicited and unplanned debate with Kelly as a featured moderator. He turned them down and they immediately canceled. On the Fox debate that Mr. Trump did not do, they received by far their lowest rating. Unlike Megyn Kelly, who resorts to putting out statements via Fox News, Mr. Trump will continue to defend himself against the inordinate amount of unfair and inaccurate coverage he receives on her second-rate show each night.”
The battle between Trump and Kelly has not kept the GOP front runner being part of the network. He is scheduled at this point to do a Town Hall on Fox News with Sean Hannity set for 10 pm on Monday night. This battle between Beck, who supports Cruz and Kelly who Trump dislikes is likely to keep on going with nothing changes anytime soon.