Michael Gaynor
Glenn Beck's pathetic attention-seeking open letter to Donald Trump
By Michael Gaynor
March 22, 2016

Kelly also should apologize for provoking a disturbed opportunist like Beck (apparently a victim of an abusive father projecting on Trump to play hero for a damsel in a distress of her own making).

Bulletin from Glenn Beck: "I will protect and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic, and to me, there is now a new meaning of domestic abuse."

In an open letter to Donald Trump, Beck is calling Megyn Kelly "brilliant, honest and brave," vowing to protect her and telling Trump to leave her "ALONE."

Trump, saith Beck, is a new type of "domestic abuser" to whom brave Beck has boldly chosen to stand up as champion of the "fair" Kelly.

Beck's missive is ironic as well as absurd.

First, it is Kelly who chose to target Trump instead of leave him alone and Trump who responded, as he does with others, male or female, white or black, when attacked.

Second, when ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief accepted Kelly's invitation to be interviewed by her for Fox News in 2013, Team Beck went ballistic that Kelly put MonCrief on air before Beck did and canceled MonCrief's interview. That told me something about Beck's egotism and pettiness, and so much for Beck's professed desire to provide his viewers and listeners with the truth that the liberal media establishment doesn't.

Now Beck supposedly is worried about "the amount of security this mother of three [Kelly]now needs because Donald Trump has gone over the edge with some revenge drama just because she asked a fair question almost half a year ago!"

Bulletin for Beck: It is Trump, not Kelly, who has to worry about attacks and death threats.

In Trump's case, he has been charged as he was speaking to a huge audience and his family has a genuine security problem. An envelope containing a threatening note and white powder was received by one of Trump's daughters-in-law.

As for that "fair question" Kelly asked Trump, it was predicated on the Republican War on Women canard that Kelly embraced in her question.

In 2012 Beck wasn't buying that canard.

See, for example, www.glennbeck.com/2012/08/27/republican-women-for-obama/:

"WARNING: If you're a conservative women, this may make you sick.

"Obama's campaign team has produced a campaign commercial starring alleged 'Republican' women who claim they are now for Obama. As you've probably predicted, most attribute their sudden switch to the so-called 'war on women'.. One woman went as far to basically say, 'if you are for a small government, then you have to be for Obama because he's pro-choice.'"

See also www.glennbeck.com/2012/09/25/whos-really-waging-the-war-on-women/:

"The Obama Administration has tried to position themselves as righteous warriors in the War against Women. Knights in shining armor, without whom women everywhere would be forced by republicans to wear chastity belts and swear allegiance to celibacy. On TV Tuesday night, Glenn explained that he used to think all of that positioning was just about politics, but he's starting to think there really is a war on women – only it's not being waged by the Republicans.

"Glenn took issue with Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter's recent comments where she said:

'We'll continue doing what we have been doing, trying to get the president's message out on the ground. Whether it's in the suburban areas of Northern Virginia, or Denver, Ohio, to talk about what the president wants to do in the future. That's the other thing that you find most often with women. They're not really concerned about what's happened over the last four years, they really want to know what's going to happen in the next four years.

"'That's right, women are just too disinterested or too feeble minded to analyze the past, to learn from it, and to make educated choices going forward based on those past experiences. Apparently women are only impulse buyers. They only make decisions in the now,' Glenn said."

That sounds sexist, and those were Beck's words, not Trump's.

Was Beck being serious or facetious?

Beck probably would say facetious, yet he gleefully twists the intended meaning of Trump's words.

Trump deals with persons as individuals and that's not sexist. Kelly tried to use selected remarks by Trump to show him to be sexist, even misogynistic, and, Glenn, that wasn't "fair."

What's really "sad and sick," Glenn, is what happened to you, not Trump's tweets responding to Kelly's attacks on him.

Trump has not been "belittling], abus[ing] and threaten[ing] women."

Trump has criticized specific women, not all woman, and, particularly, Kelly, a woman who chose to be unfair to him and has been using her television show since to undermine Trump's presidential campaign.

No wonder Trump advises people to tune in elsewhere!

Beck insists that Trump should not respond to Kelly, because "she is a journalist" who has been doing "what they do" and "someone's daughter."

That''s sexist.

No, Glenn, Kelly is a veru opinionated commentator and, even if she were purely "a journalist" just reporting the news objectively, she would not be above criticism.

As expected, Beck's open letter was largely about him and how brave he supposedly is:

Beck: "I have been asked questions much worse than what you were asked. For years."

Which is it, Glenn. First, you said Kelly's question was "fair." If so, it wasn't "bad." Then you said you had "much worse" questions. So which was Kelly's question, "fair" or "bad"?

Whichever, Beck presented himself as Kelly's knight in shining armor and pleaded for paudits for his courage.


"I know what I will get from you [Trump] and your supporters because I dare speak out against you."

"I know that your followers will write vile and hateful lies about me for this post. They will claim, I am a sellout or I have a vendetta against you. Read the posts below and see if they don't belittle and deflect.

"So be it.

"I will gladly take a stand against bullies and men who abuse women. I will happily stand in line to protect anyone from abuse.

Right, Glenn. The Trump family's getting death threats and you're manning up for Kelly despite your expectation of posts with "vile and hateful lies" about you.

The truth about you is more than sufficient to discredit you, Glenn.

Astonishingly, Beck went on to praise himself got "[standing] up to [domestic abuse] in [his] own family" and to charge that Trump is the "type" who engages in "domestic abuse."

Beck then explained that his father beat his mother, "[v]erbal abuse is just as bad as physicial abuse" and Trump is delivering verbal "beatings in broad daylight" in "a nation [suffering from] battered spouse syndrome."

Trump's compelling criticism of Kelly seems to have unhinged Beck.

Beck even implied that Trump might shoot a reporter.


"But at least, unlike your idol in the east, Putin, you haven't shot any reporters in the elevator.


Beck apparently thinks Trump might shoot a reporter, but is Beck frightened?

NO! (And Kelly probably isn't either.)

Beck: " – you don't frighten me and my guess is you don't frighten Megyn."

In Beck's mind, Trump is a stalker.


"Mr. Trump, what would you do if someone obsessively stalked your daughter on Twitter for months after a minor disagreement as you have had with Megyn?

"Wouldn't you question the man's mental health and advise your daughter to get a gun and a restraining order if that very powerful man stalked, reached out to her boss to get her fired, tried to turn her work friends into enemies and then turned his friends into stalkers as well?"

Trtump's not stalking Kelly. Kelly's miffed that he hasn't appeared on here show in more than seven months and has only herself to blame.

And why does Beck nevertheless say Trump has been mean to Kelly?

Beck: Trump was "deeply hurt or abused" when he was young" and that "explains [Trump's] entire act." In"trying not to be hurt" Trump has "become the abuser."

Trump needs to make American great again.

Kelly needs to apologize for singing the Democrats' Republican War on Women song, targeting Trump and then play the innocent victim after Trump stood up to her instead of down. Kelly also should apologize for provoking a disturbed opportunist like Beck (apparently a victim of an abusive father projecting on Trump to play hero for a damsel in a distress of her own making).

Poor Beck needs help (and fortunately has the money to pay for it).

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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