I hope you all have your disaster prep kits ready to go, because that draft you’re feeling? That’s hell having frozen over. Those pigs flying? The dogs and cats living together? It’s pandemonium. Because Glenn Beck kinda sorta almost just endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Or, rather than actually endorsing Clinton, he’s calling on his fellow Republicans to disavow Trump— to call for his removal from the ticket, and to refuse to vote for him if that doesn’t work. He posted his
Clearly, Beck is not #WithHer, but he’s moved from team Never Hillary to Never Trump. He still says some pretty awful things about Clinton in that post, and doesn’t seem to have even a speck of respect for her, but this is GLENN BECK. The man has built a career on belittling women (including rape victims), being a racist troll, and just general subhuman shittery. (He also has TERRIBLE taste in movies.)
He may not be a changed man, but this is even more confusing than when he said reasonable human words about Roger Ailes. Even a clock made of literal shit can be right twice a day, I guess.
But if that weren’t enough to make you feel like the world’s gone topsy-turvy, here’s a good reminder that people are humans, not opinion monoliths. It can be confusing, though, when our heroes say something out of the blue that goes so hard against what we thought they stood for. Like when Pajiba doesn’t like an Anna Kendrick movie. Suddenly the world doesn’t make sense, I know.
So when Ruth Bader Ginsburg— the Notorious RBG, if you will— shared her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, and all those who have followed suit by taking a knee during the song, the response was jarring. If you expected RBG to say something supportive of this peaceful protest, based on her past thoughts on reproductive rights, gender rights, and right to dissent, she did not. She called it “dumb and disrespectful.”
As if it makes this any better, she clarifies that she wouldn’t arrest an athlete for taking a knee, she just doesn’t get it.
I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.
Ridiculous? I know a lot of people have a problem with Kaepernick and others refusing to take part in the National Anthem, but most of those people are assholes. How does Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of all people, not get that the African-American community feels disrespected and literally under attack by their country? She doesn’t even have to agree with the protest. But I expected more from her than to belittle the act with words like “dumb” and “ridiculous.”