Satellite radio provider Sirius XM has suspended Glenn Beck’s radio show for at least a week following a guest’s comments that were construed as an assassination threat on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Beck then seemed to agree with that sentiment.
Beck was speaking with bestselling author Brad Thor on May 25 when Thor said, “With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as president?”
“If Congress won’t remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that if he oversteps his mandate as president, his constitutional-granted authority, I should say, as president. If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office? And I don’t think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in to get Trump out of office, because you won’t be able to do it through Congress.”
Beck then agreed with that, saying, “I would agree with you on that, and I don’t think you actually have the voices — we’ve been talking about, we’ve been talking about this off-air for a while.”
Beck later posted on Facebook in response to the controversy, “So evil. That is NOT what he meant, nor is it what we thought. How evil do you have to be to think this?”
“I will have brad [sic] on tomorrow and ask him. First off do you think he would be that stupid to suggest it?”
“SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs,” the company began in a statement. “However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone.”