Two days ago on his radio show, Glenn Beck called Mike Huckabee a “progressive,” a word which, in certain circles, carries the same stigma as “serial killer,” “rapist,” and “zombie Dracula” all combined in one (UPDATE on this point at bottom). Huckabee has responded with a blistering message on his website entitled, simply, “RESPONSE TO GLENN BECK.” While the title is plain and basic sounding, the response itself is overflowing in its critique of Beck, with Huckabee instructing him to ” to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time.”
The whole thing started over Huckabee’s support of Michelle Obama’s child obesity programs which, in certain circles, is thought to be as evil as “fascism,” “nanny state control,” and “zombie Dracula” all combined in one. This isn’t the first time Huckabee has gotten in a fight for defending the First Lady’s clearly sinister attempts to help our kids get a little healthier. It’s also not the first time that fight has been with a fellow Fox News personality (see: Palin, Sarah).
Here’s Huckabee’s full message:
“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. The First Lady’s approach is about personal responsibility—not the government literally taking candy from a baby’s mouth. He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything. Sadly, he seems equally inept at recognizing the obvious fact that children are increasingly obese and that we now see clinical evidence of diseases in children that as recent as 20 years ago were found only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes. The costs to our nation are staggering in increase health care expenses, but it even effects national security with now 75% of young men between the ages of 17 and 24 are unfit for military service primarily due to obesity! 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.”
While Huckabee was clearly provoked, it is still interesting that this is the second time this week that a leading conservative has hit hard against Beck.
UPDATE: A closer listen, brought on by some helpful readers (thanks!), makes it clear that Beck never specifically called Huckabee a “progressive” exactly. He did say he was “perfect for progressives.” What do you think? Did Huckabee overreact? Is he jumping on the Attack Beck bandwagon or was this statement needed to clarify his opinion?
SECOND UPDATE: Well, it looks like we won’t be getting any big fight after all. The Blaze (which Beck owns, of course) has written up the incident and calls it all overblown. Pointing out that Beck also praised Huckabee in a different section of that interview, they denounce media outlets for hoping for “an all-out war between two prominent conservatives.” Um…don’t know what you’re talking about.
While Huckabee’s post still sounded like fighting words, this Blaze post definitely implies that Beck isn’t joining in.
Darn. I guess we’ll have to go back to hoping Paul Ryan calls Mitt Romney fat or something.
Check out the clip of Beck’s original comments below:
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