Glenn Beck Attacks European Far-Right; American Right Pushes Back
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 11:26 am
Here’s one repercussion of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders surging in the polls and looking more and more like his county’s next prime minister. While Wilders has a robust community of support in America — in some circles he’s considered a hero for his campaign against Islam — Glenn Beck went after Wilders on his TV show as an example of how far-right fascism can rise in a crisis.
The video’s been pulled, but here’s a transcript.
In France, polls have this guy, the president, Nicolas Sarkozy, he is center-right. He’s hitting now new lows. Look out, because whoever is ruling now in any country no matter what, as this economy tanks and they spend all this money and it doesn’t matter if they’re right or left, as they tank, they’re going to become extraordinarily unpopular. So his approval rating is down to 36 percent. However, this guy, far right, Villepin (sic) — he’s at 57 percent.
Also, you have far right Dutch M.P. Geert Wilders. Last year, he was banned from the U.K. They said his presence could threaten community a harmony and therefore public safety. Last week, not only was he allowed into England, he was at the House of Lords, where he screened a film on the Quran.
The right and left are growing again in Europe. The left — listen carefully — the left in Europe is communism. The right is fascism, in Europe.
Europe is making the same mistakes that they made at the turn of the century. Mark my words — watch, please, do me a favor. We don’t have enough staff to watch this and nobody else is looking for it. Please, watch the crazy fringe groups over in Europe and e-mail. Tweet them to me at Glenn Beck on Twitter. Please, watch them as a watchdog, because they’re headed down the wrong tracks and we have to be prepared.
Pamela Geller, an increasingly prominent conservative blogger who helped organize a mini-conference on jihad at CPAC — and who has appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show — laid into Beck for smearing Wilders.
Why would he stigmatize Wilders this way? Wilders is the embodiment of what our founding fathers extolled. Individual rights. Freedom of speech. Not sharia law.
Was Beck saying that the UK was right to ban Wilders in the interest of “community harmony?” And the fact that he was allowed to enter the UK last week was a dire sign?
He runs videos of the riots in Greece, but never runs the Muslim rampages throughout Europe.
Beck is out of his depth in this. You cannot get up to speed on Europe in one crash course. The Islamic/left-wing fringe is everywhere, but what right fringe is he talking about in Europe? It can’t be Le Pen, he is nowhere. Is this going after SIOE, and the EDL?
Is this going to be be Beck’s narrative? If so, he is wrong. And he ought to be silent until he learns everything.
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