- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2016

Conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck had nothing but praise for the Obamas in a recent interview with The New Yorker, saying the president was not the bogeyman he made him out to be all these years.

“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama,” Mr. Beck said.

But, he added: “Obama made me a better man.”

Mr. Beck said he regretted painting Mr. Obama as a racist and actually now considers himself a Black Lives Matter supporter.

“There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to,” he said. “I had to listen to them.”

As for Donald Trump, Mr. Beck said the Republican presidential nominee is “dangerously unhinged” and unfit for the presidency.

“And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged,” he quipped.

“What’s most tragic about this is us. We have, as a culture, embraced the bad guys,” he said. “I love Tony Soprano. But, when a Tony Soprano shows up in your life, you don’t love him so much.

“We’ve made everything into a game show,” he said, “and now we’re reaping the consequences of it.”

Mr. Beck heaped praise on Michelle Obama for her recent speech at a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire. The first lady lambasted Mr. Trump for his lewd comments about women, saying, “It doesn’t matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way.”

Mr. Beck told The New Yorker: “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,” he added.

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