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Glenn Beck is know for his witty banter and conservative views, so it comes as no surprise that he had a few thoughts on the IRS political targeting scandal,and the NAACP on his radio show. He bluntly called the NAACP a “joke” and an “affront” to legendary civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass.
Glenn Beck was responding to former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond’s claim that President George W. Bush’s IRS targeted the NAACP. Beck had absolutely no remorse when he said:
Dismiss them…they are a joke, and an affront to everything that Martin Luther King and anybody who ever… Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, you are an affront to their memory.
He went on to encourage his listeners to read more about the above mentioned leaders, confidently suggesting that none of them would have anything to do with the NAACP if they were alive today. Beck then turned his rant against the Obama administration, saying the revenge, vengeance, and spite that make up the Obama White House goes against the principles of Martin Luther King.
In a somewhat indirect compliment of King…I guess…, Beck pointed out that Martin Luther King marched with a lot of white people. He went so far as to linking the IRS targeting to police brutality. He posed the question: do you really think Martin Luther King would be a guy that immediately “crucify” every cop?
Martin Luther King marched with an awful lot of white people…20 percent of the lynchings in the south, 20 percent of the lynchings by the KKK, where of white people. And you know what? I contend, the white people that were lynched are exactly the type of people that would be in the Tea Party today.
The NAACP has not yet responded to Beck’s criticism.