Glenn Beck has previously equated himself with MLK. Lincoln Memorial speech on the anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech, etc, etc. And today…
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Glenn Beck posted copies of King’s Pledge of Nonviolence and his own nonviolence pledge — issued in the wake of the shooting in Arizona — on his website and urged people to “read both” and “see the similarities.”
As Media Matters has previously noted, Beck’s pledge is steeped in politics and contains a very thinly-veiled attack on President Obama. Moreover, Beck has a long history of violent rhetoric with which potential pledge-signers may not want to associate.
And as Steve Benen points out, Beck’s pledge is a trap. He’s deliberately inserted items in there that liberals will never agree to, and when liberals don’t sign on, then Beck can say that liberals are violent. Smart!