Beck Compares Revelation of Chris McDaniel’s Racism to Bogus Protocols of Elders of Zion

Glenn Beck, by comparing charges that a Republican candidate who associates with white supremacists and retweets anti-Semitic stuff like “Pro-Kremlin Lawmaker Says Jews Destroyed Russia in 1917 and 1991,” is a racist, to the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, owes the world’s Jews an apology, for he has put a Sarah Palin in his mouth, one that ranks right up there with the Wasilla grifter’s “blood libel” remarks.

Here is how Beck came to go full-tilt Sarah Palin: We have seen how Sarah Palin’s candidate for US Senate, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel, was defeated in the primary runoff election by incumbent Thad Cochran. We have seen how Palin and others are insisting that only leftist shenanigans made Cochran’s defeat possible. Palin even took to Facebook to put her ignorance of the political system to work for her and her intellectually bankrupt followers, claiming that,

As we pointed out last week (see:, there were several potentially illegal political games afoot in Mississippi to motivate Democrat voters to “switch” over to the GOP for a day to help save a 42 year Republican member of Congress.

Crying foul play, saying he will challenge the results, McDaniel was still refusing to concede two days later. Glenn Beck took the hysteria a step farther, crying Tuesday that ” I got news for you gang: we’ve been played! We’re pawns. Period. Period.” then whining that McDaniel was smeared with “bogus race charges” which he compared to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

It’s the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That’s really what we’re turning into. What a surprise, ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ oh, that’s right, that was a Marxist-Communist thing. I forgot all about that. How interesting it is that history always repeats itself.

And not only did he get his facts wrong, both about McDaniel’s very genuine racism but the origins of the Protocols, but Beck did it by going all-out racist himself, ranting about black folks wanting “free stuff”:

Here’s the full quote:

Everybody wants their free stuff and when they’re not just talking about getting their free stuff, here’s what they are talking about: Race. Bogus race charges. If you can’t get people to buy in on free stuff, well, then you have to make somebody out to be the bogey man. You have to say, “Well, at least Thad Cochran isn’t trying to drink the blood of African Americans and is quite honestly making matzah balls out of the little Christian children over here too.” [Here Beck is quite pointedly playing off the ancient Christian claim that Jews drank the blood of Christian children, and applying it to his hero, Chris McDaniel, who just happens to be a Christian anti-Semite.]

It’s the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That’s really what we’re turning into. What a surprise, ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ oh, that’s right, that was a Marxist-Communist thing. I forgot all about that. How interesting it is that history always repeats itself.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a piece of Christian anti-Semitic propaganda dating from 1903, in the very Christian, very anti-Semitic and conservative Russia of the Czars. The Holocaust Encyclopedia explains its purpose:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the most notorious and widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Its lies about Jews, which have been repeatedly discredited, continue to circulate today, especially on the Internet. The individuals and groups who have used the Protocols are all linked by a common purpose: to spread hatred of Jews.

Although the exact origin of the Protocols is unknown, its intent was to portray Jews as conspirators against the state. In 24 chapters, or protocols, allegedly minutes from meetings of Jewish leaders, the Protocols “describes” the “secret plans” of Jews to rule the world by manipulating the economy, controlling the media, and fostering religious conflict.

Nor is the Protocols a “Marxist-Communist” thing as Beck claims. Not only did the Protocols come out of conservative Czarist Russia, but according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, was spread to the West by anti-communist Russian émigrés. The fables were embraced by Henry Ford and was even published in Arabic in the 1920s, even though in 1921 the London Times labeled it “clumsy plagiarism” and revealed its origins to be a French political satire, Maurice Joly’s Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu (1864), which had nothing to do with Jews at all.

In fact, the most famous fan of the Protocols was not a Marxist-Communist but a right wing ethnic nationalist named Adolf Hitler. He was introduced to them by Alfred Rosenberg, also in the 1920s. As the Holocaust Encyclopedia explains,

Hitler referred to the Protocols in some of his early political speeches, and, throughout his career, he exploited the myth that “Jewish-Bolshevists” were conspiring to control the world.

During the 1920s and 1930s, The Protocols of the Elders of Zionplayed an important part in the Nazis’ propaganda arsenal. The Nazi party published at least 23 editions of the Protocols between 1919 and 1939. Following the Nazis’ seizure of power in 1933, some schools used the Protocols to indoctrinate students.

There can be no possible comparison between what was said about Chris McDaniel and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, because what was said about McDaniel is true: he is a racist. And the real problem here for conservatives, as Brian Beutler writes at New Republic, is that Thad Cochran highlighted Chris McDaniel’s racism.

Millions have died because of the bogus Protocols. Nobody died in Mississippi because Thad Cochran told the truth about Chris McDaniel’s racism. Glenn Beck owes Jews an apology for even suggesting that the two have anything in common. As Elie Wiesel said, “If ever a piece of writing could produce mass hatred, it is this one. . . . This book is about lies and slander.”

Lies and slander fully embraced by Glenn Beck.

Chris McDaniel’s defeat at the hands of Thad Cochran had nothing to do with lies and slander about him, as Glenn Beck insists, and everything to do with racist and anti-Semitic lies and slander he himself spread.

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  • Reality isn't really Becks strong suit. I don't see how that race was as close as it was with the things McDaniels said.

    I do find it humorous that The Dems tilted a repub primary. Bet that really frosts them. Wait till November.

  • Mc Daniels associated with hard-core Confederates who are still angry about losing the Civil War and giving Blacks full citizenship through the 13th, 14th,15th Amendments and the Civil Rights and Voting Right Acts.

    Do these Reactionaries think Black people are DUMB??? It was an open primary election ,Cochran saw he was losing, so he went to the people his opponent ignored.

  • well no surprise that a racist sociopathic loser like Beck would get something wrong! This little rant of his illustrates why he no longer has a tv show!

  • I really hate that bogus tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It perpetuates every negative stereotype about Jews that has ever existed. The tract has been used to justify harsh treatment of Jews.

    My ancestors came over here to North American in the wave on antisemitism in the 1880s because they were denied citizenship, land & businesses confiscated.

    This is why when they did come to the new world, they became liberal, abolitionists, unionists, sufferagettes & civil rights activists.

    70% of American Jews still identify with Democrats. My grandmother was a suffragette, mother die hard Democrat.

    What is interesting about FDR was he was born to a Jewish mother but was raised Christian. Still that sense of service work stayed with him all his life.

    Glenn Beck is appalling.

  • Beck ought to be ashamed of himself. He and Rush, Palin and Hannity, Barton and the Cruz clan...all have done horrible damage to this country in the past 6 years. They are white supremacists, and they are so all-fired angry that not only do we have a black President who is intelligent, kind, and logical, the white male is losing ground in this country. This is why they are so intent on destroying the rights of minority citizens, and making sure no one else gets to become a citizen. Why wouldn't minorities and women vote against these awful men? Give us one positive thing to vote for...they don't have one. They want to control women's bodies, end public education and public services, bomb everyone not white or Christian enough for them, and destroy the very air we breathe and water we drink. I do think they are trying to hasten the end times, because they are certain God is going to lift them up. Right. If He's up there, they are the last people He will even bother with. They are...

  • Real factual history is disdained by Conservative Christians and called false. They prefer their own "history" and "facts" because it fits in with what they want to believe because they wrote it as such. I once watched an hour of Glen Beck..there's an hour of my life that I'll never get back and it gave me a headache.

  • I have to thank a KKK member for explaining to me the root sickness of racism. He said, "If I ain't better than a nigger, I'm nothing." He was only right about the last part, he's nothing.

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