On his radio program as seen on YouTube Tuesday, host Glenn Beck theorized about the summit between the United States and North Korea, suggesting that President Donald Trump can read Kim Jong Un unlike any other president and is flattering Kim to get him to do something he doesn’t want to do.
“How do you get him [Trump] to do something he doesn’t want to do?” Glenn Beck asked Stu Burgulere.
Later in the show, Beck answered his own question: “I think Donald Trump— He may not be self-aware enough to know that he does this, but I think – you know, the one thing that you can spot in other people are the things that you are, even if you don’t have self-awareness – he can read Kim Jong Un unlike, I think, any other president because in some ways he has that same trait of, ‘Nobody’s going to tell me what to do,’ and ‘if you flatter me, I’m going to be, I’m going that direction.’ So that’s what he’s doing.”
Glenn Beck’s remarks came after President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met in Singapore. “Predicting a very ‘different’ relationship with North Korea, President Trump joined Kim Jong Un Tuesday in signing a document in which he ‘committed to provide security guarantees’ and Kim ‘reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,’ reported Patrick Goodenough of CNSNews.com.
Below is a transcript of Glenn Beck’s comments from his show Tuesday:
Glenn Beck: “I think it’s important that we, we see the possible method to Donald Trump’s seeming madness that everybody says, ‘Well, this is, this is crazy, and we didn’t get anything out of it.’ Well, we didn’t, but remember what happened at Reykjavik. We didn’t get anything either. Ronald Reagan walks away from the table and everybody was like, ‘This is crazy. He won’t give up star wars.’ No, because there was a reason. He wanted more.
“Now, we don’t have, we don’t have star wars. What is the pressure that we have?
“Because, remember, Gorbachev, Gorbachev wanted his country to change. Kim Jong Un does not want his country to change. There’s no Glasnost that is happening here.
“So, what is it that we have? Economic pressure? Okay? They’re already starving. What? Are you going to hurt his people more than Kim Jong Un? You going to start a coup with Kim Jong Un? What? He kills everybody for looking at him sideways. So how are you going to do this?
“We had Gorbachev that brought down the wall, and Gorbachev wanted Glasnost, so he opened up the door. And that let the infection of freedom in, and it collapsed it from the insides – along with economic pressure and everything else.
“We don’t have that. What we do have is a guy who’s an egomaniac that runs that country, a guy who wants to be famous.
“Did you find the video, Sarah? Okay.
“Well, I will— We’ll play it later on in the program.
“This video Donald Trump had made. And it’s like a Hollywood movie. It’s like a trailer, you know. It even says, ‘Starring Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.’ And the whole feeling of it is: what if, what if this one leader from south, from North Korea decides to choose the future? And it paints him as this global hero – if he chooses the future. If he chooses the past, it shows nuclear obliteration. But if he chooses the future—
“So, you’ve planted the seed of ‘I can be famous in the whole world, not just my country.’
“Now, his hardliners around him are going to say, ‘No, that’s a trick. Don’t do it. You can’t do this.’ He’s going to kill them. He’ll end up killing the hardliners, and I think for a guy like—
“Look, we all know Donald Trump.
“How do you get Donald Trump to do something, Stu? How do you get him to do something he doesn’t want to do?”
Stu Burgulere: “Flatter him.”
Beck: “And? Have some opposing people who say, ‘You can’t do that.’”
Stu: “Right. Yeah. Yeah, sure.”
Beck: “If you have opposition that says, in no uncertain terms, ‘You can’t do that,’ it makes him want to do it.”
Beck: “And if the other side is flattering him, it’s a done deal. It’s a done deal.
“I think Donald Trump— He may not be self-aware enough to know that he does this, but I think – you know, the one thing that you can spot in other people are the things that you are, even if you don’t have self-awareness – he can read Kim Jong Un unlike, I think, any other president because in some ways he has that same trait of, ‘Nobody’s going to tell me what to do,’ and ‘if you flatter me, I’m going to be, I’m going that direction.’ So that’s what he’s doing.”