Beck sees a ‘coup’

BECK SEES A ‘COUP’…. It’s certainly possible that Glenn Beck doesn’t know what the word “coup” means. The poor guy does, after all, think “oligarhy” is a word.

In fact, confusion over the meaning of the word might actually make Beck’s wild-eyed rants less incoherent. “Coup d’etat” is, after all, of French origins, and Beck probably hates the French enough to use their idioms incorrectly.

Nevertheless, Beck today told listeners of his radio show that President Obama is seizing power as part of a “coup.” As the self-described “rodeo clown” insisted on the air, there is “a revolution going on, and it is coming.” Beck believes “they” believe “they can get away with it quietly.” He didn’t identify who “they” are, but it’s probably safe to assume it has something to do with ACORN. He doesn’t like ACORN.

The “revolution” that “they” hope to launch may work, Beck said, because “they are so far ahead of us.” He lamented, “Most of America doesn’t have a clue as to what’s going on.” So true, so true.

Beck was kind enough to fill us in: “There is a stealing of America, and the way it is done, it has been done through the — the guise of an election, but they lied to us the entire time. Some of us knew! Some of us we’re shouting out, you were: ‘This guy’s a Marxist!’ ‘No, no, no, no, no, no. And they’re gonna say, ‘We did it democratically,’ and they are going to grab power every way they can. And God help us in an emergency.”

I’m still not quite sure what it is the administration has done that has Beck on the verge of hysteria. Chances are, he doesn’t remember, either.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.