By GA Afolabi
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has drawn fire from the alt right for showing empathy for Black Lives Matter activists.
The criticism has been fierce. Brian Blanc, president of the National White Alliance, used a racial epithet when he bashed Beck.
“I knew that n**ger-lover couldn’t be trusted,” said Blanc in a tweet.
In a New York Times article, Beck said that BLM activists were like the tea party and Trump supporters, because they weren’t being listened to.
“After the horrific shootings of five police officers in Dallas this summer, I had the opportunity to watch an interview with the parents of the gunman by Lawrence Jones, a contributor at The Blaze, of which I am the founder. I was able to see their heartache and sorrow as parents, as Americans and as human beings,” said Beck.
But Beck said he was shocked at the level of vitriol he was getting from the right. A column on the alt right website Breitbart by Milo Yiannopolous suggested Beck was getting desperate and trying to reinvent his failing network The Blaze.
People on the left were equally skeptical of Beck, who was fired from FOX News, after he said President Barack Obama was a racist. This led to advertisers dropping his show.
“I actually appreciated this op-ed from Glenn Beck,” tweeted Shaun KIng, a New York Daily News columnist and advocate for racial justice. “He has not been my friend, but this is progress on his part.”