Glenn Beck’s Mental Disorder

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Robert Ringer


I’ve written about Glenn Beck’s painful demise many times over the years, even giving my readers an early heads-up that his days at Fox News were numbered. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” wrote 16th century playwright William Congreve. And he was right, because when it comes to Beck, I feel like a scorned woman. I really loved the guy in his early days at Fox, then suddenly he turned on me, along with the rest of his viewers.

In his first year at FNC, I was awed by Beck’s raw talent and no-holds-barred disrobement of the radical left. The fact that he was the most hated man in America was de facto proof that he was a fearless truth-teller, because the people of the lie — those millions of chronically dishonest folks in both the radical-left and conservative-establishment wings of the Demopublican Party — harbor venomous contempt for anyone who dares to expose their lies.

But after Beck’s first year at Fox, it was all downhill. The first time the thought crossed my mind that perhaps he wasn’t authentic was when he held a rally in Washington D.C. and a half million people showed up. I was there, and I can honestly say that I didn’t know what the point of the rally was, but the half million people in attendance were clearly mesmerized.

It wasn’t until much later I realized that the only purpose of the D.C. event was to provide a forum for Beck’s followers to assure him how much they loved him. Really, there was absolutely no agenda other than “We love Glenn Beck!”

Once that chink in Beck’s armor was exposed, the second chink came when he started restricting the guests on his show to clergymen and no-name religious scholars like David Barton, whom he stunningly, and often, referred to as “the most important man in America.” It was such a ludicrous statement that it made me wonder if Beck was once again getting cozy with Jack Daniels.

But it got even worse when, in his dwindling days at Fox, Beck sat on the edge of his desk for the entire hour of each show and gave what appeared to be an extemporaneous monologue. I was amazed at his ability to talk for an hour without notes, but, even so, it became very boring after a week or two. Increasingly, he appeared to be a beleaguered and lost soul.

Finally, as I had predicted to my readers, Beck parted ways with Fox News and started a new media company that he said would make his enemies wish he were back at Fox where he was on the air only an hour a day. Unfortunately for him, it hasn’t worked out quite that way.

As Beck began to realize he had become yesterday’s news, he started popping up on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File.” His slobbering all over Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly was difficult to watch. (Fortunately, I no longer watch Malevolent Megyn at all.)

Beck’s attempts at getting attention are nothing short of embarrassing. When he was still at Fox, he somberly announced that his doctor had told him he was on the verge of possibly losing his eyesight. It’s nice to know that that didn’t happen. Then, after he left Fox, he supposedly had a mysterious, life-ending illness, but that apparently disappeared as well.

Finally, there was what he described as “the most deadly decision of [my] career” — announcing that, in a show of compassion, he was going to send truckloads of food and supplies to the Central American refugee kids who flooded the southern border of the U.S. in 2014.

Beck’s personality reminds me of Jim Jones of Jonestown fame. Perhaps becoming a cult leader is his ultimate destiny, because he desperately needs people to follow him, listen to him, and adore him. He is a man in search of true believers who will follow him to the ends of the earth.

On to the next chapter: Just when Beck was almost out of ideas on how to get attention and regain his stardom, along came an unlikely new politician by the name of Donald Trump. It was almost too good to be true. Beck saw what he thought was a golden opportunity to make himself into a hero by focusing his attention on bashing the media’s newest version of the Antichrist.

It’s now become his fulltime job. He demonizes Trump all day, every day, and has literally pleaded with his audiences to vote for anyone but The Donald. He even joined an angry bunch of establishment losers (people for whom he had always expressed considerable contempt) by signing on to the National Review’s desperation piece to stop Trump.

As one would expect, he has repeatedly warned his listeners and readers that Trump’s rise to power parallels that of Adolf Hitler’s. And speaking of Hitler, in a recent article on his blog, Beck even said that he would vote for Hitlary Clinton if it came down to her or Trump. He then took it over the edge by saying, “I’m warning you now, you will say after two years of Donald Trump, ‘I’d give my right arm for Barack Obama.’”

In truth, of course, Beck’s mental disorder has nothing to do with Donald Trump and everything to do with his psychopathic need for attention. The only other theory I can come up with is that he is — as childish as it may seem — insanely jealous of Trump for all the attention he’s been getting.

It probably brings back painful memories of his own glory days in the spotlight — before those nasty mental demons gained control of his mind. It appears Beck is trying to piggyback onto Trump’s fame in an effort to get noticed. Unfortunately, it’s not working, and he’s only succeeding in making himself look ever more pathetic.

I would hate to see anything bad happen to this once-great talent, but I truly believe that if those closest to Glenn Beck don’t get him some serious psychiatric help soon (Where is Keith Ablow when you need him?), he could end up as a face-in-the-gutter alcoholic once again — or, worse, he might even do harm to himself or others.

Having said all this, in fairness, Glenn Beck isn’t alone when it comes to Trump Derangement Syndrome. The fact is that his views are shared by millions of Trump haters throughout the world.

Putting Beck’s mental issues aside for a moment, the Trump phenomenon is not all that complicated. Thanks to the radical left — and the establishment right that carries the left’s water — people’s anger over their loss of freedom and the intentional destruction of their country has reached the pitchfork stage.

Even so, the D.C. Crime Syndicate remains in denial, and its members are hysterical at the thought that they are in the process of losing their stranglehold — not just over Washington, but over all of America as well. They see Trump as a threat to both their power and their monopoly on legalized theft.

But the truth be known, Trump haters like Beck give Trump far too much credit. There’s no question he’s a narcissist. There’s no question he’s an egomaniac. There’s no question he’s rude, crude, and nasty. No one disputes any of these unflattering Trump qualities.

What Trump haters don’t get, however, is that these are the very qualities that millions of people actually want in a new president, so he can take down the Washington establishment. The best way to think of Trump is as a wrecking ball that has a good chance of destroying the D.C. Crime Syndicate.

Simply put, the Trump phenomenon is nothing more than long-overdue blowback from everyday Americans yet, amazingly, the delusional establishment still has no clue. What Trump actually does if he becomes president is almost secondary to those who support him. Right now, people just want the Washington power structure dismantled, and they figure that once that’s accomplished, they can sort things out later if Trump’s less than endearing qualities prove to be a problem.

In the meantime, in the event you’ve never read Glenn’s Beck’s The Blaze on the Internet, you should do so for a couple of days. His obsession over DT will take your breath away. I tell you, the man has a serious mental disorder, and I mean that literally. Sad … very, very sad.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

100 responses to “Glenn Beck’s Mental Disorder”

  1. Stephen Moreland says:

    I'm a big fan of yours Mr. Ringer, and I don't disagree with your comments on Glenn Beck. Like you, I read The Blaze for a few weeks, but then realized it wasn't worth my time. But on this subject, it seems you have a Beck fixation, much like the Trump fixation you ascribe to Beck. I have read several articles of yours recently about your problems with Beck and we get it – you think Beck's lost it. Let's move on. So any further Beck-focused articles, I will not read.

    But, as I mentioned at the start, I am a fan, and will continue to read your other posts.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I understand your point, but new subscribers come on board every day and for the most part they don't go through the archives and read every past article. Also, this article about Beck is different in that it's about his fixation with Trump.

      I should add that I don't feel obsessed with Beck, but, rather, I'm fascinated by his seeming determination to destroy himself with his boundless ego. I find this sad, because, as I've said so often , I think he's the greatest natural talent ever to appear on TV.

      That said, I'll undoubtedly write about him again if he does something that newsworthy.

      Thanks for your input.

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      • Tom says:

        Robert, don’t worry about repeating yourself. I just found my way here. I’m a big fan of your books but somehow didn’t know you were even blogging.

        And this article was terrific and so on-point.

        Thank you.

      • Jeanette DePorre says:

        Totally agree with everything you said about Beck. If Beck would stop obsessing over Trump it would be possible to ignore him. Unfortunately, thus far Beck has made it his mission to destroy Trump's candidacy. He has insulted and divided his former conservative fans. Beck and his Never Trump cult need to be called out for their conceit. They are actively helping to elect Hillary even though Trump is far more conservative on some issues than McCain or Romney. Beck has been so irrational in his arguments against Trump, one has to wonder about his real motives. Never Hillary.

      • MAR says:

        You're correct–I just happened upon this site while doing a search for "what's happened to Glenn Beck" and have not read your previous posts regarding Glenn Beck.

      • Judith says:

        There are soooo many narcissists in this culture today. Beck is a brainiac. I’m not sure the writer is( although he knows Congreve, unusual today). Where do any of us get off casting stones when we are all so full of flaws ourselves?

    • Judy Drexel says:

      I for one am happy to see Beck self destruct. His apparent change of heart was calculated to be on the winning side, as Clinton appeared to be a shoe in.

    • Judith says:

      I don’t understand the writer or any of these comments. Why oh why, do people persist in trying to hurt others, drag others down or fail to see the faults in themselves? Shaming others does not make the shamer a more moral or better human. “The fault, dear Hamlet, is in ourselves, not in the star. ( I include myself in this comment as I have plenty of faults— including a possible misquote of Shakespeare)

  2. Paul Anthony says:

    There is a saying in sales: "Any publicity is good publicity". Why do you persist in giving Beck what he craves?

    As for Trump, I suspect he will be a very ineffective President. But that might be preferable to Hillary, who will be very effective in all the worst ways.

    • Jeanette DePorre says:

      Ineffective or not, Hillary will give America several Marxist leaning judges who will serve decades after she is gone. Trump has said he will appoint Constitutional judges. That IS preferable to Hillary.

  3. Reality Seeker says:

    Excellent article. I really, really liked this one.

    Both my spouse and son have always disliked Beck. The rest of the family were indifferent until he attacked Trump nonstop. My wife and son have both met Beck, and they said that in person Beck strikes them as "abnormal" in a bad way. They think he is a phony, and somewhat unmanly, maybe even a coward. I've never met Beck in person, although I've seen him a time or two as he scurried along the Lobby of The Four Seasons Houston. So I really could only get a distant first impression — which was Beck is an effeminate male. I do like and agree with some of Glenn's opinions; however, every time I've pointed out some of Glenn's good work, or how I agree with him, my spouse literary rips me a new a-hole, so I rarely utter a word about Beck anymore. His name has become taboo…To make matters worse, my family cheers on the Donald like he's Peyton Manning. And because Beck has made it his life's mission to put a dagger in Trump's ass is reason enough for my entire family to eschew Beck.

    Regarding Trump:

    I support Trump, too, but I know he has MAJOR faults. Almost everybody I know either support Trump or Cruz. But out of all of the candidates we like Ben Carson the best. Everybody thinks Ben is a great guy, and we want Ben for a neighbor — but not for president.

    The reason I support Trump is simple: because eight months ago, Trump crossed a political river that nobody was suppose to cross. "Thou Shall Not Speak ILL of a fellow Republican" was written and posted in big, bold letters at the river's edge. What did Trump do? Trump walked right up to that glorious sign, took a piss on it, kicked it over, picked it up with both hands and started swinging it like a battle ax at the Bush Republicans.

    As I watched Trump swing the sign which was waterlogged with piss, I said to myself, "wow! this is going to be entertaining". As months passed by I watched with growing admiration as Trump tirelessly, effortlessly swung his waterlogged sign at one insider after another. "TAKE THEM OUT", I yawped. "GO TRUMP"! …….It was becoming a real blood and piss bath — and I liked it! And as Ronald Reagan's glorious sign, now firmly gripped in Trump's hand's, scored one fatal blow after another, I then changed my support from Rand Paul to Donald Trump. I made a jump to Trump because I knew that Trump was the wild card that comes along once in a lifetime. Trump was now my champion as he took on all comers: Fox News, Telemundo, the Pope, the Bush family, John McCain, the Mexican presidents, the Chinese, the French, the British and you name it. Trump bloodied them all.. And the best part was DT love'd doing it. The man feeds off of conflict. "He's near perfect to take on Washington and K Street", I thought to myself. And the cherry on the cake? One of the best things about being a Trump supporter is knowing that the IRS is at war with Trump. That is just another reason I want him in The White House. My businesses were audited 3 out of 5 years. For fucking what? The IRS found nothing, but it wasted so much of my productive time that I still want that agency dead. And maybe, just maybe, a guy like Trump has some payback in store for the IRS. When Trump arrives at the White House, there's a chance that he drops the Reagan's sign and picks up and aims a mini-gun at the IRS.

    Now I hope Trump can tones down his rhetoric so he can capture what I call the "gentlemen vote".

  4. Joe Lang says:

    I do not believe that Glenn Beck has lost it nor would I describe his distaste for Trump as Trump Derangement Syndrome. I too think that Trump is a charlatan who would be a disaster as President, maybe not as bad as Hellary of Bernie, but bad enough. He has presented nothing more than a bunch of generalities about how he will "Make America Great Again," much like Obama did with his "Hope and Change" slogan. There is a scary similarity between Trump and Obama, not ideologically, but in their narcissism and disregard for the rule of law. Trump has basically indicated that he would gut the First Amendment regarding the freedoms of speech and the press, and by his reactions to any criticism it seems logical that he would do what he could to suppress those who oppose him were he to become President. He is often incoherent, has no compunction about telling lies while proclaiming that he would never lie, and shows little in-depth understanding of the issues of the day. I applaud Glenn Beck for his opposition to Trump!!!

  5. Nasdaq7 says:

    Glenn Beck calling Trump a radical like Hitler, shows that Glenn Beck is emotionally immature. If Trump was Hitler, he would not have focused on building his businesses and never have had his passion for his businesses. So Glenn Beck is completely out of line to compare him to Hitler. Trump doesn't have time for these trivialities, but it is precisely what some of his opponents love: they love to waste his time and energy with trivialities because they know it will irritate him and they hope he will trip up on the trivialities and loses his self-control, their strategy seems to be to irritate him.

    If you consider that Donald Trump doesn't bring as much political baggage with him as other leaders, it isn't actually fair towards him, to handle him like that.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I've thought the same thing about comparing Trump to Hitler. Hitler was an effeminate loser all his life, never accomplished a thing. Trump is the exact opposite. And does anyone really believe he'd ever want to do anything to destroy his $10 billion empire? He's the last guy in teh world to push the nuclear button – or even start a war.

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        You can see Trump is mostly interested in events in the US.

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        RJR, if there's someone I admire, it is what Charlie Chaplin had to say about Hitler:

        "You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness."

      • JOSEPH says:

        Quoting you, Mr. Ringer: "He's the last guy in the world to push the nuclear button – or even start a war."
        EXACTLY!!!! I wish more people would realize that. Just to make a point on this, I've seen people with stronger temperaments than DT, and they know when to cool off and make decisions accordingly. What you really need is someone who has good judgement, and DT has that. Just because he has a strong temperament doesn't mean anything. I've seen and have met people who are calm as ice and then go crazy when things don't go their way.

      • Phil says:

        Exactly. The guy has a beautiful family. And he is a businessman. Just don't see him being trigger happy. Many other concerns about him, but I fall within that group you reference who believes the entire fetid toadstool called D.C. needs to be smashed. And though I find Cruz somewhat more principled, there is little doubt that only Trump will be able to withstand the oncoming GOP Establishment onslaught. Well, he has the *best* chance of withstanding it – hard to say what is going to happen.

  6. david says:

    Oh Robert.. Glenn Beck the great truth teller?? what drugs are you on? I can remember back in 2001 when Beck was just a really annoying radio blowhard.. oh he couldn't wait to get in Iraq and kick some ass and all those WMDs and Hussein atrocities turned out to be a huge pack of lies.. funny how you never see these ass kicking blowhards volunteering their kids for these useless wars… so a lying, charlatan like Beck was a natural for Fox News.. then his weeping, lying, oh here comes the apocalypse got even too much for Fox and he got the boot.. then he made even more money from those losers who believe that crap… personally, I love it when these right wing loony tunes get exposed for what they really are.. a bunch of gross, lying, charlatans ripping off those most base, ignorant people in America and as they say, if you're stupid enough to believe them and give them your money, good on ya!

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Wow! I'm getting it every angle. So you thought my article was too kind to Beck? Please respond to some of the people who are mad at me for being to hard on him.

  7. Msgtdubb says:

    Mr Ringer, you have writte an article, that perfectly describes my view of Mr Beck. I noticed his change in personna about a year and a half after his show started, but I stayed with him until I could no longer watch his self destruction. A very informative article. Thank you.

  8. Nasdaq7 says:

    I wouldn't state that Donald Trump is "rude, crude, and nasty", he has never said anything that has offended me. I think he has an abrasive personality, that's why he has to offer something to people. I love the idea that he plans to cut business taxes and I actually like strict immigration control. But he has to present his ideas well. I would trust him more than anyone else to make changes, but he has to keep on working on winning the trust of people.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      If he's smart, he'll ask his wife to critique him daily and implement whatever she says. She is refined, smart, likable – and, oh yes, not all that bad looking either. What a First Lady she'd make.

  9. John says:

    Robert, yes Glenn is fixated on Mr. Trump. To me it seems Glenn is a very hard working and sincere guy, who has been trying to save the idea of America for many years. It seems he is just simply overworked and stressed out. He has massive responsibilities and his health has not been good. Having spent his career battling the progressive establishment has worn him down. Then along comes Ted Cruz, the Constitutionalist, the real deal, perhaps the best hope. Instead of the public seeing Cruz as the answer, Mr. Trump seems to maybe be a spoiler. Glenn feels it is slipping away and is very worried, as are many. I hope he gets some time off to relax away from the battle. We all need a break.
    As to the massive Washington DC rally, I too was there and found it most wonderful. The Mall was jamb packed from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Memorial. Everyone was very nice. Very polite. It gave me a sense of peace and hope just to realize there were so many good freedom minded folks. I spent a week there, walking everywhere, speaking with many folks and have never been so impressed with a large group of people. To me, the point was just to show up and realize you're not alone fighting to save freedom. I hope Glenn can realize that too. Thank you.

  10. Richard says:

    I liked Beck's TV show on Fox because he was very entertaining. Great sense of humor. And I learned a lot. Most of all, probably, I liked it because a good friend of mine … a nutso, whacked-out lefty – absolutely HATED Beck.

    But over time, Beck's show became the same old, same old. It was hard for me to pay attention. I need to be entertained. Beck just wasn't fun anymore.

    It's incredible to me that he now sees Hillary as preferable to Trump. Haven't talked to my old whacked-out lefty buddy in quite some time, but I bet he would be impressed.

  11. busterosodd says:

    At best, Trump is a big government liberal progressive who just happens to believe that big government is the best form of government, with it's tremendous overreach upon individual personal freedom, as long as HE is in charge. How any freedom-loving constitutionalist could possibly support him is beyond me. At worst, he is a clinton stooge who will ensure her election. The only two true conservatives, either of whom would probably be GREAT Presidents, are Dr. Ben Carson, who has no chance of being elected, and Sen. Ted Cruse,who DOES have a very good chance if only a goodly number of Trumpets would only remove their individual heads from their… well, you know the rest.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I agree with you on Carson. I believe he were elected, he might go down as one of the greatest presidents of all time. But for whatever reason, the media decided to eliminate him from contention by simply ignoring him.

      As to Cruz, I think he would do many great things, but I have to tell you, he really turns me off now, Definitely a nasty guy.

      • busterosodd says:

        I agree, he's not the sweetest man around.

      • IMHO says:

        And what exactly makes Cruz a nasty guy beyond the fact that Trump said so. In typical Trump fashion, if you can’t destroy a man based on his record, then attack his character. I believe this was written about by a man named Saul Alinsky.

        • Gloria says:

          Because Cruz caused Dr. Carson's downfall in Iowa. He's the one who spread the word that Dr. Carson was dropping out of the race when he wasn't. I was leaning towards Cruz if Dr. Carson didn't go all the way to the presidency, but once Cruz did that in Iowa, that's when I lost all respect for him. Yes, Cruz is definitely NASTY.

      • Scott theczech says:

        Definitely a nasty guy Robert? Perhaps if you met him and interacted with him, you might drop the "definitely" part.

        My wife says the same thing about Cruz until I reminder her that she pretty much felt the same about me until she got to know me…and that was 39 years ago!

  12. Rocketman says:

    I stopped listening to Beck when he made the comment that he would support Hillary over Trump. I have serious issues with Trump and believe that he will not be anywhere as Conservative/Libertarian as he claims that he is going to be but Hillary Clinton has shown a streak of dishonesty that would shame the average mafia don. She is totally unfit to hold ANY elective office and I'm talking dog catcher in Rat's Butt Utah. If Beck really thinks that Hillary is a better choice that Trump it makes me question his common sense and decision making ability.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Hillary is the face of evil – perhaps the most immoral person ever to serve in Washington, and that's saying a lot. I can't even look at her lying face when she drones on about kindness and love and "helping each other."

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  13. Phil says:

    Beck has a purpose in warning the American people of cultural degeneration happening in our country and a moving away from God. What he has warned about has come true. You Mr. Ringer, on the other hand, are enjoying your practice of target shooting of any courageous American who speaks out against liberalism and the disease that's spreading throughout our country and the world.


  14. Mr. Ringer YOU are my guru and you kept me from suicide a couple of times…and as for Beck….you are spot on 100%…unlike others on this comments part you are NOT fixated on Beck….I remember your columns admiring him, as di I. Seeing this man spiral into something worthy of a cult leader…IS disappointing..YOU are simply trying to save a man you admire from total ruin….very laudable good sir.

  15. Robert Ringer RJR says:

    I "target shoot" any courageous American show speaks out against liberalism? Really? I must say I've never heard that one before – not once in 40 years.

  16. Chas Jones says:

    Robert, Glenn Beck is spot on the Facts and Truth many, many, times. However, like all of us mere humans, even Beck is wrong on some things. However, your criticism of Beck and implication of his "mental disorder," is beneath contempt. It is unworthy of you and your previous reputation.

    I will no longer be accepting any of your materials.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Sorry to see you go, but thank you for being a subscriber for a while.

    • Scott theczech says:

      Chas: please try not to take all of this too seriously. Robert has a gift for detached analysis and reminds us all to approach these things with an open and inquisitive mind. OK, fine if he's mistaken about Beck or Trump…or anyone else – so what? This is where we can really analyze and think things through without, for the most part, those pesky hidden agendas. Sleep on it and reconsider.

  17. ◄Dave► says:

    Robert, sometimes one just has to deliberately tune out nonsense. On 9/11 I was utterly appalled by the ridiculous statement by Jerry Falwell, explaining the attack to Pat Robertson. He stated that obviously God had removed his divine protection from our country, because of America's increasing tolerance of homosexuals and the gay lifestyle. I was so disgusted by this pious blather, that I swore I would never listen to another thing Falwell ever said. From then on, every time I saw his pudgy face on TV, I immediately either turned it off or changed the channel, and kept my vow for the rest of his miserable life.

    I was once was an avid Glenn Beck fan and supporter. I was an ‘Insider’ member of his radio program long before he ever got the gig on Fox News. I loved his TV program, which I must admit had a major impact on my thinking regarding Islam and Middle East politics. I bought and read all of his books. I was an early adopter of his ‘Blaze’ news site. I even subscribed to his new internet TV channel, for the first couple of years after he left Fox.

    As for a purpose for his large public gatherings, I remember when Beck initially turned preacher man, quite a few years ago. He had somehow encountered the history of George Whitefield in “The Great Awakening,” and was beyond inspired by the famed 18th century evangelist. He said on his radio program that he was feeling a “calling” from God, to emulate him to start a new “Awakening.” Beck’s own public piety and insufferable 'preaching’ became much more pronounced, especially on his radio program and at his public gatherings, from then on. Fox endeavored to keep it toned down on their air, and reportedly it was eventually the proximate cause of their parting.

    I was as tolerant as I could be, of the increasing religious nature of his endeavors, until such insufferably became the primary focus of his existence. Now I only bother to visit the Blaze when following a link to a news item there, which has nothing to do with Beck himself. Several months ago, I even unsubscribed to his free newsletter, which I had received daily for many years.

    A couple of weeks ago, however, Beck joined Falwell in the annals of intolerable religious BS, and I vowed to endeavor to never hear his voice, or read one of his thoughts, ever again. Robert, read the Daily Caller article: “Glenn Beck: God Brought About Scalia’s Death So America Would Vote For Ted Cruz,“ and perhaps you too can eliminate this irrational mental case, from ever again pestering your own decidedly rational mind. 😉 ◄Dave►

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I believe Beck is a good man at heart, but he's lost his way. The headline you refer to makes people think he's lost his mind. I still think what has happened to him is very sad.

      • ◄Dave► says:

        I don't disagree with your sentiment, and share your pity for an old friend we once truly admired; but if one reads the details in the article behind that headline, one must conclude that he has indeed lost his mind. The only other conclusion, would have to be that he never had one, and we both know that is untrue. He is not the first to be bitten by a messianic complex, and surely won't be the last. In any case, Beck is part of my past, not my present, and certainly not my future. May his tortured soul R.I.P. ◄Dave►

  18. Susan says:

    Thank you, thank you for this comment. I was preparing to comment on the double standard myself. Its laughable that the very traits that made Mr. Ringer disenchanted with Beck are somehow perfectly acceptable when exhibited by Trump.

  19. Robert Ringer RJR says:

    Your comments are too lengthy for me to respond to, but you might want to reread them as I think you missed a few things – e.g., by "the most hated man in America," I was referring to Glenn Beck – and it was a compliment. I don't hate Beck; I wish him well. I was serious when I said his friends should try to help him.

    Other than that, suffice it to say that I am not infatuated with Trump, but I am fascinated and impressed with his willingness to poke the establishment in the eye.

  20. Stephan F says:

    Ahhh Glenn Beck, a name synonymous with controversy. A hundred psychiatrists working around the clock for years couldn’t do a complete psycho analysis on this misguided soul. If Beck had been around in 1939, Churchill would have made him (instead of mother Russia) the poster child for the phrase “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma.” Yet despite what is known about the guy – astutely pointed out by RJR I must say – it appears he still has many followers who refuse to acknowledge reality about the guy.

    When Beck first burst onto the national scene on HNN in 2006, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Here was a guy on a major cable station owned & operated by Ted Turner’s Clinton News Network who sounded a little like a Ron Paul clone with a runny mouth. How could this be? Had Turner gone nuts? Had he done the unthinkable and turn away from the dark side of the force? Who knows. But I’m sure Teddy didn’t realize it at the time, he was the catalyst who would turn this guy Beck into one of the most popular & successful conservative commentators of all time.

    “After Beck’s first year at Fox, it was all downhill. I loved the guy, and then suddenly he turned on me along with the rest of his viewers.”

    My sentiments exactly Robert. Beck’s first year on Fox, begun in Jan 2009, was a godsend that coincided with Barry’s inauguration. He was the biggest antidote to the Obama presidency at the time and he was simply fabulous playing that role. Unfortunately, within a year Glen started going down hill. I really think the army of neocons at Fox finally got to him. I booted Beck out forever in 2010 after he unexpectedly & viciously torpedoed Debra Medina’s run for governor of Texas against that goof-ball Rick Perry.

    Enjoy the dark side Glenn. It was fun while it lasted

    • Reality Seeker says:

      Debra Medina would have been the best governor of Texas since Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

      At the time, I went all out to support her. Alex Jones was there 100%, too, along with every libertarian in the state of Texas. In fact, Jones was leading the charge, which was one big reason Beck setup Medina.

      Glenn Beck went after Deb just like he went after Ron Paul. And do you remember who else came to Texas in support of Tricky Ricky? Yeah. That's right: Sarah Palin, that's who. Palin went right along with the GOP establishment. "By their fruits ye shall know them." I'll never trust Palin. Ever. And her endorsement of Trump means nothing to me other than I'm glad she can do something right for a change. I lived in Alaska, and the Alaskan's know Palin, too. Her endorsement means shit. Palin is to Alaska what Rubio is to Florida: shit.

      Medina was torpedoed by the establishment in classic fashion. She is a casebook study on how the insiders attack a decent person. Beck did the same to Ron Paul.

      Ron Paul is my litmus test on a person's character. And that's how I know that Trump will never attempt to really make America great again by making it a republic again.

      Nope. Trump is an empire builder, but that's better than a shit-hole builder.

  21. JOSEPH says:

    In my opinion, Glen Beck is lost because he has yet to learn what real self-esteem is. It seems to me that when you look for self-esteem in other people with respect to getting their attention and approval as Glen Beck is doing, you are the allowing other people to have control over you and over yourself. Unfortunately, many people besides Glen Beck have this problem. Self-esteem is learning how to be a rational person which SOLELY depends on you. My suggestion is for him to get Nathaniel Braden's great book called The Six Pillars of Self-esteem, and then if he studies it, he will find himself.

  22. Reality99r says:

    Mr. Ringer you are unerringly accurate in your comments – very perceptive and astute.
    Beck's " The Blaze" is bleeding cash and is ready to take advantage of the bankruptcy laws unless Beck turns it into a tele-evangelistic "send me your money" network.
    I for one am a Trump Kool Aid drinker – at this point in history Trump is the panacea to at least attempt to try to save our country's slide. I realize his qualities and faults bur our country is crying out for a non politician with pragmatic business sense. Have heard said Trump is a blue collar billionaire. Can you imagine a president forcing Congress to run the country in accordance with profit and loss principles? Wow – I'm going to love the daily media and academic barrage and am convinced Trump will leave a legacy that far exceeds Reagan's.

  23. Scott theczech says:

    This election cycle is great theater. What interesting times in which we live!

    This process is how America blows off steam, otherwise the kettle would explode. The founders were brilliant; they had such faith in the American people to self-govern that they installed nearly immoveable gridlock. Believe me, you don't want these ne'er do wells in D.C. to cooperate among themselves too much less they rob us blind. The Republic will survive any of these guys (or gal). Even the popular media doesn't get it – the people's disdain is for all parts of the establishment including so-called journalists. It wouldn't matter if DJT was Bozo the Clown in the present environment, as long as he spoke truth to power and dismissed the establishment. I'm sorry Glen Beck seems so desperate but, I think it could be show business.

  24. Tom Justin says:

    That's a great analysis.

    The first time I saw Beck was on CNN when he had an afternoon show. I'd never heard of him and I hardly ever saw TV before 7pm. Like you, I was entranced! Coincidently, I had lunch the next day with Larry King in Beverly Hills and asked for an introduction. Of course, GB was in NYC but nevertheless, we hoped to meet a few weeks later in NYC. I would have never gone out of the way just to meet some commentator, but he was very special.

    It never happened, but he blew me away with his raw talent. I recorded every show through Fox. While my reaction to his demise wasn't as sharply tuned as yours, I get it. He no longer held great interest for me, though I'm always curious. I read some of his blogs, but he went way off the "reservation" that I was on.

    Ego or psychosis. If the latter, I, like you, hope he gets help.

  25. 124andmore says:

    Robert, I've been a fan of yours since I read Winning Through Intimidation half a lifetime ago. I'm also a fan of Glenn Beck. You are very different guys, just as Samuel Adams was very different from James Madison. You are both very valuable contributors to political dialogue. I agree with Beck about Trump. I don't believe anything Trump says, and I especially don't believe his sudden conversion to conservatism. He has the vocabulary of a fifth grade D student, and as President he would be a national embarrassment. He would get us into a trade war with China and Mexico, and we would lose. I don't believe he has a plan to get us out of Obamacare, and I don't believe he would lower taxes. He is already talking about putting restrictions on the First Amendment. I don't think he would pick an originalist to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz is a much better choice.

    • IMHO says:

      I agree with you 100% and could add so much more but what good does it do. When it comes to Trump worshipers I'll let the words of a song say it for me….

      "I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles such are promises.
      All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

      Simon & Garfunkel – "The Boxer"

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      We must dispense of the idea that Trump is a business illiterate and even economic illiterate. He has skills, he has business experience, far more than most people will ever have. Obviously as changes take place in the economy, he and his economic team will adjust their plans. You are already worried about Trump placing restrictions on the First Amendment. Really? You're a worried guy eh?

      • 124andmore says:

        Google "Donald Trump pledges to curb press freedom through libel laws". You have probably also read that in an off-the-record interview with the NY Times editorial board Trump said that he would negotiate on sending back the illegals, citizenship, and building the wall. Trump is the Jim Jones of politics. You can drink his KoolAid, I won't. Trump is a lifetime big government liberal. Ted Cruz is a lifetime constitutional conservative.

  26. Lee Dees says:

    RJR you just allowed me to understand why Trump is useful in the eyes of so many. He is indeed a wrecking ball and that's what is needed to destroy the catacombs of Washington DC. And they may be right, once it's destroyed we might be able to build it back up in the proper and very limited way.

    • 124andmore says:

      That is a "might" that I am not willing to risk. I doubt of Trump has ever even read the Constitution. He is a loud mouth jerk who probably couldn't come up with a quote from George Washington or James Madison if you gave an hour (without a smart phone or a computer). He is a very rich guy, and I understand that you are impressed by that. I will concede that he is a shrewd businessman. He is also crude, disgusting, and dishonest. As a president, he would be as bad as Obama.

      • Bill Thomas says:

        As far as having "never read the Constitution", that's probably a good thing considering Obama is supposedly a Constitutional Lawyer and look what that's done for us. The majority of the D.C. mafia doesn't give a whit's ass about the Constitution as well unless it pushes forth their agenda. Trump's a smart man, and I'm sure he has some notions about legality and common law.

  27. Curtis outlier2016 says:

    Uh, yeah, everyone knows about Glenn Beck's mental issues…so?? Why is it such a burr up Mr. Ringer's rear? Why not give equal time to the insanity of Picasso, Bobby Fischer, Nixon, etc.? Oh…maybe it is to fill blog space.

  28. Mark says:

    So you went to a world crusade rally with a charismatic leader?

  29. Richard Lee Van DV says:

    I just heard the Romney TRUMP PUT-DOWN SPEECH, and I had hoped the past four O Years would have belonged to Romney. Romney is a "good boy" and doesn't like Trump's crude, rude ways, ways similar to my own, and possibly for that reason, he, Romney, does not appreciate that Trump is first a PRAGMATIST, also like I am. And, to my mind, Pragmatism is directly related to REALISM. In today's world, goody goody ethics will not always cut it! Or so it seems to me.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I agree with both Joe Yang and IMHO, both whom posted here.

    I do not listen to Glenn Beck. However, I have listened to every debate and have listened to what Donald Trump had to say. He reacts to the other candidates on the podium as a schoolyard bully would. It is despicable and disgusting. Trump insulted Carly Fiorina's appearance, which has NOTHING to do with her political views or the issues. Even if Trump were the most handsome man on the planet he'd have no right to insult her looks. Trump insulted disabled people, including Charles Krauthammer whose legs are paralyzed. He insulted a New York Times reporter with arthrogryposis.

    Mr. Ringer, I have a seizure disorder. I often wonder…if I were running for president and dared to criticize Mr. Trump on his opinions, would he get up in front of a bunch of reporters and mock and imitate me having a seizure? I find it beyond incredible that you would support someone who refuses to release a New York Times now-no-longer *secret* interview. I watched the debate last night. Donald Trump said "NO" he will not release it. Why not? And then he has the nerve to call Senator Ted Cruz a liar? Who is the REAL liar here?

    Finally, I think any human being who has to make reference to the size of a specific male organ just to get a "rise" out of the crowd has serious mental problems. That took place in the debate last night.

    Mr. Ringer, I think you owe your disabled readers a HUGE apology for coming to the defense of a man who insults disabled people. I don't believe Hillary would insult the disabled. I KNOW Senator Ted Cruz never would. But then he is a gentleman. And yes, I support Senator Cruz for president.

    Perhaps your defense of Trump is not surprising since you now say Glen Beck has a "mental disorder." It's his opinion, not a mental disorder.

    Again your apology is welcomed.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      I thought Trump did well last night at the GOP debate. Trump is in a gladiatorial, political arena. Unlike the other "polite" hypocritical sociopaths like "Hillary who would never mock the disabled" , Trump is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get, kinda guy.

      I was born, grew up and was educated in New York. They have a saying: "IN YOUR FACE." That's Trump. He's in your face and under your skin. Good for him, because he's dealing with sociopaths to the right of him, demagogues to the left, who are calling the shots from behind the scenes; guys like Dick Cheney. And Mr. Darth Vader, aka Dick Cheney, has more love in his heart now than when he had a real one. Does that hurt your feelings, too, when I mock Dick's disability? Sorry, but I'd probably pick on you, too, if you ran for president. Why? Because I don't want a choke artist with his finger on the "button". I don't want my president having seizure when he gets the midnight call.

      I won't be intimidated by those who attempt to send me on a guilt trip because of their mental or physical problems. Krauthammer reminds me some some freak right off of a 007 movie. What is worse than his creepy looks is his creepy Washingtonian ideology.

      My Grandfather was a WW2 Master Drill Sargent, so guys like you can count yourself lucky that your gentleman's ears didn't have to listen to his mouth like I did— and what a spectacular mouth grandfather had — because every tongue is tame compared to what I heard. So Trump's mouth doesn't bother me one bit. I'd like to call Fox News and the GOP and Obama and Hillary a lot worse than Trump will ever call them.

      I'd rather have Trump speak like a one of the sans culottes than one of the polite sociopaths who shall gladly tickle your ears.

      Having said the above, I think Trump needs to tone his rhetoric down whenever possible. Please, Mr. Trump, dial back your aggression. Pay a visit to some widows in the old folks home. Go see and empathize with some disabled vets. Hold a fund raiser for some orphanages. And for Christ's sake, get your wife out in front of you more often. Melania is your secret weapon…….

        • ◄Dave► says:

          Awesome! Thanks for sharing that succinct indictment of the status quo. If Trump could get away with using it as a commercial, he would win by an unprecedented landslide. :) ◄Dave►

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        I have to guess I love Trump because he is so unconventional. I would not be as confrontational as he is. I think his most annoying habit for me, is calling someone or another a loser. That doesn't to me isn't leadership. I think it is a bad habit he has picked up over the years. The main thing is that to reach the top you need to take risks and may have to fail countless times at countless endeavors. As billionaire Chung Ye Yung of South Korea used to say: "There are no failures in life, only difficulties to be overcome". So you need to take a positive attitude towards failures. They are not the end of the world. You can succeed. You can still win. To me one of the two greatest motivational speakers I have ever seen in the US have been Eric Thomas and Les Brown. They are very popular on Youtube. Trump has to realise he is dealing with ordinary people and that he has to motivate and inspire them. You can drive people, but you need to be able to motivate and inspire them too.

        • Nasdaq7 says:

          Chung Ju-yung

          • Reality Seeker says:

            "I would not be as confrontational as [Trump] he is.

            OK, fine, but would you be as "confrontational" as Glenn Beck?

            “If I was close enough and had a knife, the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”~ Glenn Beck speaking about Donald Trump.

          • Nasdaq7 says:

            I try to be a very diplomatic person, I believe anyone in a presidential race should consider constructive criticism, but Genn Beck and Mitt Romney has crossed the line in terms of Donald Trump. Trump is not Hitler and will not crash the US economy with his trade proposals and protective policies, those trade policies can be managed. So I don't support their views on Donald Trump.

      • Anonymous says:

        Were you educated in New York or in the New York sewer system? Are you one of those "New Yawkers" who beats up Red Sox fans because they don't root for the Yankees? One day you will REGRET all the horrific things you wrote here – whether it is about Dick Cheney's health or Charles Krauthammer – it doesn't matter. One day YOU will be sick or disabled Mr. "Reality" seeker because I hate to inform you of this, everybody gets sick with something and DIES eventually. And then you will be very very sorry you insulted the disabled because NOBODY will be there to help YOU. Oh, and by the way being from "New Yawk" is not a compliment. Being a compassionate, caring human being is.

        • Reality Seeker says:

          Reply to Anonymous:

          “If I was close enough and had a knife, the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”~ Glenn Beck speaking about Donald Trump.

          What do you think of that statement? What kind of "compassionate and caring human" utters that?

          Honestly, Glenn's words don't bother me, because he is simply melting down. He's gone from being neurotic into a complete meltdown. Who bothers me is a guy like Krauthammer, because he uses his tongue like a dagger — and the stabbing doesn't stop.

          "My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword." ~ King David

          Krauthammer's teeth are spears and arrows, and his tongue is a sharp sword. He's the dangerous one, because he's a lot smarter than Beck. And if Krauthammer started to shoot his mouth off at me, like he did at Donald, I'd hit him back so hard it would put the feeling of pain back into his legs…….. Than I'd go in for the kill, and walk right over Krauthammer's corpse like he was a member of ISIS. And that goes double for that murderer, Dick Cheney.

          That's what Donald did to Jeb, and Jeb cried his eyes out as the Bush family died politically. Jeb might not ever be the same after the beating DT gave him.

          Sorry, Anonymous, I didn't make the rules. That's life. Life's a bitch. I watched how the establishment made a coordinated attack on Trump. RINO Romney led a massive stampede of RINOs against Trump on the day of the debate. A little horned RINO named Marco was right there trying his best to trample Trump. Megyn was right there shooting her poisoned tipped arrows at DT during the debate; and Bill O'reilly was swinging his club at DT minutes after the debate. Donald was fighting the establishment for 20 straight hours on that day…… and he did OK.

          That's the kinda guy I want to send to the White House.

          Have a goodnight…..

  31. Robert Ringer RJR says:

    No apology, Anonymous, because – one more time: I do NOT support Donald Trump. I see him only as a much needed wrecking ball who could conceivably destroy the establishment stranglehold on the Republican Party.

    That said, I find many of the things he says to be reprehensible, particularly his comments about the disabled reporter and Carly Fiorina's looks. I don't know what's in his heart, so I don't know what he's thinking when he says these kinds of things – of if he's thinking anything at all. I have a feeling that he just shoots from the hip without weighing the consequences of what he says. I think he needs to listen to his calm, cool, collected wife more.

    • JOSEPH says:

      Agree 100%. I wish Trump would just relax and try and be a lot more presidential and he would do fine. This is really the only thing I don't like about him. Although, I want him to win, he needs to watch his language and start realizing that if he becomes president he just can't shoot from the hip the at he does at times.

  32. Anonymous says:

    You don't know what Trump is thinking? Oh please Mr. Ringer you are not a stupid man. As Rush the Golfer always says, "Words mean things." And you call Beck out on the carpet for demonizing Trump but you don't call Trump out for demonizing everybody else on that podium???? Are you kidding me??? Especially after the "penis" comment?

    Listen, I don't need apologies from you because as much as I hate to admit it, it would appear that Beck is right. I read the follow-up comments re: my disability. If followers of Adolf Hitler can make excuses for murdering people so what's the big deal about defending an overaged schoolyard bully for attacking a woman's face and a sick man's appearance. By the way, did Glenn Beck every say those horrible things? I doubt it. I know I would never say those things and PUBLICLY yet. On a video Trump did it! I know EXACTLY what is in a person's heart based upon what they say and write. And if you don't after watching that video, then I'm thinking you enjoy playing golf. Or maybe you dream of a free stay in Mar-a-lago. All I know is, someone can offer you all that and more. And it ain't Glenn Beck.

  33. sandra says:

    To me Glenn beck is crazy he is losing his mind and he is full of himself. Just sick and tired of him attacking Trump all the time he is a sick freak.

  34. sandra says:

    Nothing wrong with Trump just being truthful there is nothing wrong with that. I rather have a person like that than a person that will stab you in the back.

  35. sandra says:

    Glenn beck was an alcoholic . Give me a break crying all the time .He is a freak that's reality folks. Reason he left fox because fox won't do the tings that he wants them to do. BECK is crazy.

  36. Darryl says:

    Excellent Article. I stopped watching Beck when he went over the deep end. And, that was some time ago in my opinion. Once he was let go by FOX, his inability to maintain a connection with reality became apparent with each word that he spoke. His obsession with Trump, only makes it clear that he has a definite mental imbalance. It is unfortunate to see him in such a decline, as at first he was seemingly brilliant. But, it soon became apparent after his falling out with FOX, that paying attention to him was nothing more than a total waste of time.

  37. Scott says:

    Thank you for your insight Mr. Ringer. You bring sanity back to my world! Thanks again!

  38. dicckky says:

    First time I have read you—–Fantastic dead on article about Glen Beck–I used to be in the mental health field and I can assure you, sorry to say, Glen has some deep rooted insecurity problems–His transformation from being a conservative Guru to a nondescript no body is "clinical behavior"-"I don't deserve to be successful"–Let me sabotage myself so I have an excuse to fail!!!–Anyway–I just wanted to compliment your insight and courage to write the truth!!!–I found you accidentlly on the internet but will seek you out again–You are a magnificent writer!!!!

  39. fzslq says:

    Joli fzslq droit a excellente correspondance en compagnie de le vendeur.

  40. Ron Spain says:

    I read the whole article before realizing the author is Robert Ringer. I have one of his books that I've read on a bookshelf two feet away from me. I was searching for information about the music artist Beck, saw this article, and thought I'd see what it said. Interesting.

  41. Robert Ringer RJR says:

    Read my comment above.