TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck extended an olive branch to President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, telling his radio audience that he would call Trump and offer his support.
Beck, one of Trump’s harshest critics, described the president-elect’s victory speech on Tuesday night as “extraordinarily gracious and exactly the right tone.”
The radio talker was particular impressed when Trump said, “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
“I am reaching out today. I will call him today,” Beck said in response. “Whether he takes my call — and I’m not saying he’s going to shun it. I mean, he’s now the president-elect. So he’s a little busy.”
But I will call him today. And if I don’t get a hold of him, I will write a letter, and I will even post the letter so you can read it. And I will reach out to him today.
He has our support, as I said from the beginning. We will give whoever is president our support. That would have gone for Hillary Clinton as well. I won’t sell out my values, but I will support you.
We cannot — we cannot have a failed presidency. And anyone who is — who says they want to be the president of all people, I am — I’m there.
He has said before, he doesn’t need us, doesn’t need our audience, or whatever. And that’s campaign. He’s now the president. We are there. At least I am there, and this show is there. So whatever we can do to help him, as long as we’re staying constitutional, we’re there.
Beck’s radio co-hosts were also moved by the president-elect’s words, one even comparing Trump’s call to “bind the wounds of division” to Abraham Lincoln’s.
Listen to the audio of Beck’s remarks below:
This new conciliatory tone is remarkable in light of Beck’s strong opposition to Trump, which has been arguably unrivaled in its vociferous invective. During the campaign, he regularly described Trump as a Hitler-like psychopath with supporters he compared to Nazi Brownshirts.
The former radio shock jock’s disdain for Trump reached a crescendo in April when he donned swim goggles and rubbed his face in a bowl of crushed Cheetos to see if he could “look like Donald Trump.”
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