On Friday, conservative radio host Glenn Beck urged members of the Republican party to know that “Black lives matter.”
The Washington Post reports that Beck, who also disclosed that he would not be voting for Trump, said he had begun seriously “soul-searching” and investigating what he did not know about America.
During his discovery, Beck determined that the Black Lives Matter movement had a point. Like many conservatives, he often criticized the movement as racist and exclusionary, and even led a march in Birmingham for “All Lives Matter.”
Beck used a pie eating analogy to drive his point home.
“All of us are sitting around a table, and we’re all friends,” he said. “It’s time for dessert, and everybody gets pie except for me and you. And you say, ‘I didn’t get any pie.’ Everybody at the table looks at you and says ‘I know. All pie matters.’ You say, ‘but I don’t have any pie! What about my pie?'”
The remarks came during Beck’s speech at the annual RedState Gathering, a yearly event that serves as a pep rally for Republican grassroots activists.
According to reports, Beck’s comments were well received at the time. The only backlash came when he criticized Trump, and two conference attendees quarreled before being told to stop.
On Sunday, Beck’s sentiment had sunk in. Conservative media outlets did not view his remarks about the movement as favorable, and while covering the Milwaukee protests, several conservative media outlets expressed disapproval of his remarks.
“While Glenn Beck would like people to believe he’s insightful, critics of Black Lives Matter don’t need his hectoring,” wrote Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan. “The reason many people — including Black critics of Black Lives Matter like [Milwaukee County] Sheriff David Clarke — say ‘All Lives Matter’ in response to ‘Black Lives Matter’ is to reject the underlying notion of identity politics.”
Beck, who returned to his show, addressed those who disagreed with his point of view.
“Now, what law has the press broken?” Beck asked. “Is there a law that you can’t have a different opinion? Is there a law that your newspaper, your television station, can’t have an agenda? When people start shouting, ‘put the press in jail,’ we’re in deep, deep trouble. The press doesn’t know who the people are. The candidates don’t know who the people are.”
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