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Glenn Beck Tells Listeners That 2008 Election Was A "Coup"

First Posted: 10/16/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:55 PM ET

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Oy. Here's your Monday edition of "What daffy nonsense is Glenn Beck cluelessly telling people, on the teevee and or radio." This morning, on his radio show, Beck told his listeners that "they" -- a word he'll use fourteen times inside a minute and a half -- have staged some sort of coup d'etat, that "they" have cleverly disguised as an election. It's only Monday!

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BECK: If I could just -- if we could just be like Cuba. Let me give you the last piece of evidence that there is a revolution going on, and it is coming. It is -- there is a revolution, and they think they can get away with it quietly.


They think they -- and they -- they -- you know what? At this point, gang, I'm not sure, they may be able to because they are so far ahead of us. They know what they're dealing against; most of America does not yet. Most of America doesn't have a clue as to what's going on. There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America, and the way it is done, it has been done through the -- the guise of an election, but they lied to us the entire time.

Some of us knew! Some of us we're shouting out, you were: "this guy's a Marxist!" "No, no, no, no, no, no." And they're gonna say, "we did it democratically," and they are going to grab power every way they can. And God help us in an emergency.

Actually, there was a legal election, which the whole world reported on and witnessed and scrutinized to the nth degree, as a matter of routine. Far from anyone "getting away" with something "quietly," it was well-documented, the way millions of Americans went through the quotidian process of registering their electoral preference, which, when tabulated through the electoral college, yielded a non-controversial result that all sides recognized as proper and legal. I don't know what "they" is out there trying to "grab power any way they can" -- at this point, "any way they can" seems to fail to outperform the legal means of getting elected.

And, of course, there will be other elections, which will serve as a referendum on this current presidency and Congress. There will be one in 2010, as a matter of fact. But Beck, like a baby bereft of his bottle, can't abide the wait. So: hysterical tantrum.

Which is all well and good, and vastly entertaining, obviously. My only constructive criticism is that he should really figure out a way to pace himself!

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