Glenn Beck says Mitch McConnell’s Tea Party opponent has "been called by God”

The right-wing pundit apparently thinks businessman Matt Bevin has been chosen by God to challenge the GOP leader

Published April 18, 2014 3:36PM (EDT)

Glenn Beck                                      (Jeffrey Malet,
Glenn Beck (Jeffrey Malet,

Conservative pundit and media mogul Glenn Beck has made no secret of his antipathy for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but in keeping with his increasing habit of sounding more like a televangelist than a political commentator, Beck is now arguing that McConnell's Tea Party-backed challenger isn't just a better conservative but is actually a representative of God's will.

After spending a chunk of time warning his listeners that a triumphant McConnell will get his "grimy hands" on the IRS and use it to target and harass his Tea Party foes, Beck claimed on his radio show on Thursday that McConnell's challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, is "called by God" to defeat the senior senator from the Blue Grass state.

"Matt Bevin — a guy I really, truly believe has been called by God. I really do," Beck said.

"He's great," added Beck sidekick Pat Gray. "Absolutely great."

"I met that guy," Beck continued, "I'm talking to him and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh!' I mean, the spirit jumps off of that guy. He's founder-quality. And I'm talking to him — and he left the room — and I looked at Pat and I said, 'Do you feel that?' and he said, 'Oh, yeah.'"

"That guy's called from God," Beck went on. "This is a guy we prayed for, and the choice is him or Mitch McConnell? Are you kidding me?"

While Beck is obviously still a big fan, though, other members of the Tea Party have soured on Bevin recently, primarily due to the revelation that he once supported the hated bailout measures taken by the federal government during the 2008 financial crisis. But, hey, who knows, maybe God was a big fan of TARP too?

You can watch Beck talk about Bevin's radiating the spirit below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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