Glenn Beck plans to bring soccer balls and hot meals to migrant children this month, his career be damned.
“I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this,” an emotional Beck said Tuesday on his show on TheBlaze TV.
“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down,” he added. “I’m getting violent emails from people who say, you know, I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever.”
Beck said he planned on going down to McAllen, Texas on July 19 with a tractor-trailer loaded with teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals for some 3,000 undocumented immigrants he repeatedly referred to as “illegals.” He said he’d be joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has argued that President Barack Obama allowed migrants to flood the border in order to increase the share of Democratic voters in future elections.
The conservative commentator also asked viewers to consider donating to Mercury One, his charity, arguing that sending aid to the migrants wasn’t a political move.
“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of immigrant families. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either/or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.