By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter
This just doesn’t even seem that weird. This election cycle is nothing like anything we’ve ever seen before, and it has been proven again.
In the midst of the firestorm following the release of a lewd 2005 recording of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s, The Blaze founder and conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck seemed to essentially endorse a Hillary Clinton presidency in a post to his Facebook page.
Beck, a strong Ted Cruz supporter who has been against a Trump presidency from the beginning, urged his listeners to abandon Trump. But hell seemed to freeze over when Beck continued his post and basically endorsed the Democratic nominee for president.
“It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity,” Beck wrote in his post. “If the consequences of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it.”
The world won’t end if Clinton is elected, Beck goes on to say. Conservatives can fight to block her nominees and vote down her proposals. But the same can’t be said if Trump, whom Beck doesn’t believe is a legitimate conservative, wins the presidency.
“The alternative does not offer a moral person the same opportunity,” he wrote. “If one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office, then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness, and depravity.”
Beck was a popular host on Fox News for several years, but he left the conservative news channel in 2011 to found his own right-leaning television channel called The Blaze.
Since then, he has been a strong advocate for conservative values and an attack dog against the Obama administration. The Blaze also features other conservative hosts like Tomi Lahren, who became famous recently with viral Facebook videos.
Becks repeated refusal to vote for Trump and his indifference to a Clinton presidency accompanies news that more than 50 top Republican lawmakers across the country have unendorsed Trump over the weekend since The Washington Post broke Trump’s October surprise.
On Saturday, Rep. Martha Roby, Rep. Bradley Byrne and Gov. Robert Bentley, all Republicans, said they would not vote for Trump. And Roby went so far as to say Trump should drop out of the race. One Alabama Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is sticking with Trump though.
Read the entire Facebook post:
“Every person, each of us must decide what is a bridge too far.
Mike Lee has obviously reached that point, where the moral compromise his party is asking him to make is simply beyond what is acceptable.
It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity.
If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice.
If she is elected, the world does not end…. Once elected, Hillary can be fought. Her tactics are blatant and juvenile, and battling her by means of political and procedural maneuvering or through the media , through public marches and online articles, all of that will be moral, worthy of man of principal [sic].
Her nominees can be blocked, her proposed laws voted down.
The alternative does not offer a moral person the same opportunity. If one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office, then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness, and depravity.
But it’s OK, at least it is not her! Right??
Lee’s call for Trump to step down and withdraw from the race is respectful to him and to the process.
Trump stepping down does not guarantee a Clinton win, but it does guarantee that the Republican party still stands for something, still allows its members to maintain thier [sic] own self respect and that it still has a future.”