Beck Links Obama Administration to Chinese Cultural Revolution

October 15, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

This video from Glenn Beck’s show is making the rounds on the right, and it is sort of sublime. Beck, who’s been after interim White House Communications Director Anita Dunn since she attacked Fox News, gives a short briefing on Chinese Communism to his audience before playing a clip of Dunn talking about perseverance.

“The third lesson, and tip,” says Dunn, “actually come from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Tse Tung and Mother Theresa. Not often coupled with each other!”

The audience laughs: It’s a joke to everyone but the grim-faced Beck.

“But the two people I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is: You’re going to make choices. You’re going to challenge. You’re going to say why not.”

From there, Dunn tells a story centered on a quote from Mao: “You fight your war and I’ll fight mine.” Beck, in a flourish, gets up and attaches a communist hammer and sickle to a blackboard.

“The most important political philosopher for her is Mao Tse Tung,” he says. “Oh, and Mother Theresa.”

How stupid is this? How desperate an attempt at red-baiting? Well, if Beck is going to argue that quoting Mao Tse Tung is proof of communist sympathies, he should talk to this well-known communist.