On Friday's "O'Reilly Factor," Glenn Beck argued with Bill O'Reilly over whether he was the "leader" of the Tea Party movement.
In O'Reilly's upcoming book, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama, he says the Tea Party is "led by Fox News commentator and radio talk show host Glenn Beck."
Beck took exception to that characterization, telling O'Reilly, "I'm not leading [the Tea Party]."
"No, you're not leading it as far as you signed up for it," O'Reilly told a protesting Beck, "but in the hearts and minds you're one of the leaders, along with Sarah Palin...I was in Oklahoma, I saw it. I saw the Tea Party and how they reacted to you....Those people love you, and by example — not by signing up — you and Sarah Palin have stimulated the Tea Party."
Beck again denied that he is the leader of the movement, insisting that "people have to stop looking for leaders of the Tea Party." He argued that the leader of the United States is not President Obama, but rather "We the People," to make the point that the Tea Party has no leader but its own members.
But O'Reilly wasn't having it.
"You, for better or for worse — and I think it's for better, because I like the the Tea Party — have stimulated them, and so has Sarah Palin, to go out and to say what they believe in and to try to get those things enacted," he said. "Be proud of it, Beck! That's one of the few things you can be proud of."
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