Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck took back his "apology" to former President Barack Obama for calling him a racist in 2009.
Beck criticized the former president on Thursday over his recent interview with CNN, in which he accused right-wing media outlets of stoking fears on critical race theory.
"I take my apology back," Beck told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday. "I was exactly right, and I even stated it right. You are a racist if you believe in critical race theory. If you think that what Dr. Martin Luther King said, that he envisions a country that is seeing people for the content of their character and not their color, if you if think that’s wrong, then yes, you are a racist."
That marks another turn for Beck, whose opinion of Obama has jumped around over the years.
On a live segment of Fox and Friends in 2009, Beck accused Obama of having a "deep-seated hatred" for white people and white culture.
"This guy is, I believe, a racist," Beck said at the time.
Then in November 2016, around the time former President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the White House race, Beck said he did a lot of "freaking out" about Obama. Beck also said he regretted calling him a racist and claimed he supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Obama made me a better man," Beck told the New Yorker. "There are things unique to the African American experience that I cannot relate to. I had to listen to them."
He then told the New York Times in an interview titled "Glenn Beck Is Sorry About All That": "I know I wouldn’t believe me if I heard myself apologizing, so I’m telling you now: Don’t take my word for it. Watch my actions. I don’t care what you think about me. All I care about is saying, Please, don’t make the mistake I made."
Beck also did some flip-flopping on Trump. After opposing Trump in 2016, he later apologized to him.
“I am feeling so humbled this week. I feel truly horrible for the things I said and believed in 2016 about @realDonaldTrump,” Beck said in an August tweet.
What inspired Beck's apparent change of heart about Obama was an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier this week when the Democrat accused the Republican Party of focusing on the wrong issues, specifically on the concerns over critical race theory.
“You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now, the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy, what are we going to do about climate change, what are we going to do about — lo and behold, the biggest single most important issue to them apparently right now is critical race theory,” Obama said. “Who knew that was the threat to our republic?”
Obama, the country's first black president, also said conservative news outlets were fearmongering to white communities over changing demographics.
"There are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes," Obama said. "And do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them."
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