Glenn Beck Suspended Over Guest's Trump Comments

SiriusXM says remarks were seen as advocating violence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2016 12:54 AM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2016 3:33 AM CDT
Glenn Beck Suspended Over Guest's Trump Comments
Glenn Beck speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Glenn Beck's show may be off SiriusXM for good because a guest made some ill-judged comments about Donald Trump—and Beck agreed with them. The satellite radio company says the Glenn Beck Program has been suspended for a week and may not return because of the remarks by thriller writer Brad Thor on the May 25 program, NBC News reports. If Donald Trump oversteps his constitutional authority and the "feckless, spineless Congress we have" won't remove him, "what patriot will step up and do that if he oversteps his mandate as president?" Thor asked. "I don't think there is a legal means available," he added. Beck—who endorsed Ted Cruz earlier this year—told Thor he agreed with the comments, which were widely seen as advocating Trump's assassination.

In a statement, SiriusXM said Thor's remarks "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." After the suspension was announced, Thor said there had been "no threat" to Trump implied during the Beck interview, Politico reports. "Hell no, I wasn't talking about assassination," he said. A Beck spokesman said the host was already on vacation when he was suspended and that he expects to be back on the air Monday. The spokesman said Beck has never advocated violence—and nobody from the Secret Service has "been in contact with our company about this story in any way, shape, or form." (More Glenn Beck stories.)

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