Political commentator Glenn Beck has significantly changed his tune from his days on Fox News, when he was considered a far-right perspective and staunch critic of President Barack Obama.
Now, Beck believes that Obama made him a “better man” and has come out as a fervent supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Beck spoke about his transformation during an interview with The New Yorker, in which he remembered being especially moved by Michelle Obama’s response to the Trump Tapes.
“She didn’t say, ‘The government should do X, Y, or Z.’ She said, ‘We,’ ‘Us’—without a political party. ‘We are better.’ ‘We need to stop this,’” Beck recalled. “It had to do with ‘Who are you as a human being?’ ‘How do you view women?’ Brilliant speech. That was a moment that transcended all political thought.”
Beck also addressed his complicated relationship with Barack Obama, whom he once accused of having a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama,” the new Beck admitted, adding: “Obama made me a better man.”
By that, Beck meant that he now backs Black Lives Matter, a movement the “old Glenn Beck” would have certainly blasted.
“There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to,” Beck said. “I had to listen to them.”
Beck has remained a vocal opponent of Donald Trump, criticizing him as “dangerously unhinged” and comparing him to fictional mobster Tony Soprano.