2020-03-25 06:39:57 UTC
Beck once argued against so-called death panels by saying, We care about the
elderly. We value life in this country and when you start devaluing life, then
youre in trouble.
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is joining the chorus of right-wing pundits
pushing President Donald Trump to cut the social distancing restrictions off
before they have had a chance to minimize the coronavirus carnage.
Telling listeners of his radio show on Tuesday that he wanted to have frank
conversation with them, Beck openly acknowledged that such action could end up
killing millions of Americans, especially older ones like him.
I mean, Im in the danger zone. Im right at the edge, Im 56, he said. In
Italy theyre saying if youre sick and youre 60, dont even come in. So Im in
the danger zone.
I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in
and keep this economy going and working, Beck added. Even if we all get sick,
I would rather die than kill the country. Because its not the economy thats
dying, its the country.
Becks comments echoed those of Trump, who said in a Fox News town hall
earlier in the day that he plans to have the economy back up and running by
Easter against the advice of medical professionals. If we lose those companies,
were talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs, millions of jobs, Trump
said. The faster we go back, the better its going to be.
Back in the early days of the Obama administration, Beck was among those on the
right who followed Sarah Palin by accusing Democrats of wanting to institute
death panels with the Affordable Care Act to deny care to elderly citizens.
I believe it to be true, but thats quite a statement, Beck said in 2009,
adding, I believe she at least should be listened to and you should question,
Is it evil?
That same year, Beck argued against those so-called death panels by saying,
We care about the elderly. He added, We value life in this country and when
you start devaluing life, then youre in trouble.