Glenn Beck recently announced he was leaving Fox News, and now Beck and his Fox News’ co-worker Mike Huckabee seem to be engaging in a war of words as Beck is going out the door. Earlier this week Beck accused Huckabee of being a “progressive” along the line of Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Those who have watched Beck know that “progressive” is one of the worst insults he can hand out to anyone. In the past Beck has called progressivism a “cancer” eating away at America, and has frequently compared progressives to the Nazis. Beck also accused Huckabee of conspiring with McCain to keep Mitt Romney from getting the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. Today Huckabee responded forcefully by essentially calling Beck a crazed conspiracy theorist.
On his “Huck PAC” website Huckabee wrote a post plainly entitled “A Response to Glenn Beck.” Huckabee states,
“This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a “cancer” and a “Nazi.” What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews? I had the audacity—not of hope—but the audacity to give respect to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to address childhood obesity. I’m no fan of her husband’s policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts that Beck misrepresented—either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another “boogey man” hiding in the closet that he and only he can see.”
As Huckabee states, the dispute between the two men seems to have started when Huckabee took the side of First Lady Michelle Obama against Beck. Beck, along with Sarah Palin, had argued that the First Lady was implementing a “nanny state” program through her anti-obesity campaign. Huckabee argued that the First Lady is not forcing anyone to do anything, but merely trying to address a serious problem of childhood obesity by advocating for healthier diets.
Huckabee also denies Beck’s conspiracy charge saying,
“His ridiculous claim that John McCain and I collaborated and conspired in the 2008 campaign is especially laughable. Is he not aware that McCain and I were competitors—not cohorts? Beck needs to stick to conspiracies that can’t be so easily de-bunked by facts. Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me. But he ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time.”
Based upon these quotes, it will be very difficult for Huckabee and Beck to ever be in the same room together. Huckabee essentially calls Beck out in the same manner as Jon Stewart. In the past liberals have accused Beck of ignoring facts in order to attack his enemies, and of finding a new “boogeyman” every week to scare his audience. It seems liberals are now joined by Huckabee in their distaste for Beck’s tactics.