Glenn Beck’s interview with fiction writer Brad Thor (pictured) about Donald Trump has lead to the conservative talker having his show pulled, at least temporarily, from SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel.
Breitbart reports Thor compared Trump to a South American-style dictator who would cause an “extinction-level event” for the country if elected. Thor said Congress would not be able to remove Trump from office by impeachment, so Thor asked “what patriot will step up and do that” if Trump oversteps his Constitutional restraints. SiriusXM construed that as a threat toward Trump and issued the following statement:
“SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone. For that reason, we have suspended the Glenn Beck Program from our Patriot Channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward. SiriusXM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values.”
David Webb will temporarily take over Beck’s 9 a.m. to noon slot on Channel 125. Premiere has no plans to suspend Beck.