Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Glenn Beck
This Week In Crazy MVP Glenn Beck had a very busy week. Several of his rants could have qualified him for the list — accusing President Obama, John Boehner, John McCain and Lindsey Graham of treason and calling Leonardo DiCaprio a “piece of garbage” for considering portraying Woodrow Wilson in an upcoming film spring immediately to mind — but he lands at #5 for a gem of a rant on his radio show last Friday.
Dipping back into familiar birther territory, Beck lamented that President Obama just “doesn’t know who Americans are,” because he’s spent his entire life “surrounded by people who hate the United States of America. That’s not a slam on him, this is a fact. It’s just a fact.”
Beck went on to explain that the president “is not a sports fan” — an odd claim considering that Beck has previously accused Obama of preferring golf to governing — because “he didn’t grow up here.”
Finally, Beck got to his main point. “I do contend that he didn’t earn [the presidency],” Beck said. “He was chosen by the Soroses of the world.”
Why would George Soros do such a thing? “He can get away with murder,” Beck explained, “because he’s likeable. And he’s black.”
Right, Glenn. Because if there’s one group that never gets accused of crime in America, it’s black people.