Glenn Beck lashes out at SirusXM after suspension for "hypothetical" Trump discussion

The suspended conservative commentator has resorted to social media to get his message of media repression out

By Sophia Tesfaye

Published June 1, 2016 8:14PM (EDT)

Glenn Beck        (AP/Timothy D. Easley)
Glenn Beck (AP/Timothy D. Easley)

After being temporarily suspended from SiriusXM airwaves this week, Glenn Beck is now lashing out at the satellite radio giant.

The Blaze founder took to social media on Tuesday to complain after SirusXM announced plans to halt its simulcast of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program” indefinitely following conservative backlash to Beck's interview with a #NeverTrump fiction author who described a "hypothetical" future in which a "patriot" would need to save the country from a tyrannical President Donald Trump.

“This could bring down incredible heat on me because I’m about to suggest something very bad — it is a hypothetical I’m going to ask as a thriller writer,” author Brad Thor said of a potential Trump presidency on Beck's program last week. "If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office? I don’t think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in to get Trump out of office, because you won’t be able to do it through Congress.”

Late Tuesday evening, Dom Theodore, the general manager of Beck's radio program posted a note on the controversial conservative commentator's suspension from SirusXM on Beck's behalf.

"Glenn is on vacation so I wanted to respond on his behalf," Theodore explained to begin the post on the Beck's website.

"Glenn has never advocated violence," Theodore argued, adding, "Glenn is on the record, repeatedly, expressing concern for all people, especially the President of the United States."

Theodore then lashed out at SirusXM for rushing to suspend his boss, but indicated that both he and Beck anticipated such a move, writing, "We have been preparing for an assault on Glenn’s voice."

"For the past several months, Glenn has warned his audience, and anyone else willing to listen, that the current political climate is worse than anything he has ever witnessed or studied in American history," Theodore wrote.

Beck tweeted a link to Theodore's note on the suspension:

Beck also cross-posted and promoted a post from fellow #NeverTrump conservative dead-ender Erick Erickson, calling SirusXM executives "cowards" for their decision to yank Beck off their airwaves:

"SiriusXM is caving to the outrage mob," Erickson wrote:

SiriusXM has been willing to let a lot of indecent material go over its airwaves. But because an outrage mob got whipped up, it decided to suspend Glenn Beck over a hypothetical, speculative conversation.

That cowardly behavior, frankly, will only further embolden the outrage mob.

In their announcement of Beck's suspension, SirusXM said that Beck and Thor's conversation about a possible forcible removal from office of a President Trump "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."

On Wednesday, Beck again interrupted his vacation to discuss his suspension on social media, posting a poll for his followers:

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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