Presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared to question the mental capacity of radio and television personality Glenn Beck with a Twitter posting on October 29. The leading Republican presidential candidate appeared to be responding to comments that Beck made in advance of the Republican debate on October 28 where Trump and other candidates swatted away moderators’ questions that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for example, has characterized as “snarky” and “divisive.”
 
On his October 28 radio broadcast, Beck said Trump revealed a character flaw for supposedly kicking people while they are down. Laughing in unison with his co-hosts over the solutions Trump has offered to the continuing concerns Americans have over immigration, Beck referred to a study that contends speaks at the level of a fourth grade child, thus the lowest level of any current presidential candidate. Beck said of Trump, “Honestly, it is like having a debate with a fourth-grader. When you listen to him, it is. It really is.”
 
The friction between the two media giants goes back to at least August of this year, when Beck delineated on a Facebook post his questions about Trump’s Republican and conservative credentials. When right of center media personalities such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh expressed support for Trump, Beck asked "What am I missing?" in a post on August 17. Beck wrote:
 
“I get that Trump is reflective of what people are feeling; secure the border; fight to win; don't give in to china etc. I really do understand that he is saying things that people are feeling. Justifiably.
 
I get the fact that he is saying that America is a great place and that we can be great again. That is rare and refreshing.” Beck continued, writing on Facebook, “I understand and like the fact that he just says what he is thinking. No politically correct bs; no focus groups and he does it without apologizing.
But here is what I don't understand."
 
He is part of the problem when he by his own admission, buys politicians; he said he identifies his "policies more as a democrat"; he makes President Obama look truly humble; he was very pro abortion until very recently; he still says "don't defund planned parenthood"; he is pro "assault weapon ban"; he is in favor of a wealth tax that would just "take money out of people's bank accounts"; he is for boots on the ground in Iraq and 'taking the oil' from the Iraqi people; he is a progressive 'republican'…”
 
Trump has responded to Beck before, and on October 29 he tweeted, “Failing host @glennbeck, a mental basketcase, loves SUPERPACS - in other words, he wants your politicians totally controlled by lobbyists!”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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