Conservative American talk show host Glenn Beck has slammed frontrunner Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying he is a false conservative.
“It’s hard to say you espouse conservative principles and small-government principles when you are saying that you think [the] Canadian health care system works and is wonderful,” he added.
“I look for a man of integrity, humility, who is rooted in the Constitution,” Beck stated, “because if you root yourself in the Constitution, we can’t go too far left or too far right.”
Trump has maintained a lead among GOP presidential contenders in national polling since he announced his candidacy in mid-July.
A Rasmussen poll released Friday found that a majority of Republican voters (57 percent) believe Trump will be their party’s nominee for president in 2016. Among all likely voters, 49 percent believe Trump is likely to win the GOP nomination, up from 23 percent two months ago.
“He is not a politician,” Beck declared. “He is saying the populist things right now.”
“I think what’s happening with Bernie Sanders with the left is the same thing that’s happening with Donald Trump,” he opined, referring to the independent presidential candidate seeking Democratic nomination.
“They want somebody to say it the way they think it – especially if they say it in a non-politically correct way,” the former Fox News pundit asserted.
Earlier this year, Beck announced to quit the Republican Party, saying he has become disillusioned with the Republicans in recent years over their failure to stand up to the Obama administration over a number of issues.
“All this stuff that they said and they ran and they said they were doing all of these great things and they were going to stand against ObamaCare and illegal immigration — they set us up,” Beck stated.
He accused the Republicans of “torpedoing the Constitution” and said that “they’re doing it knowingly.”
The founder of the Blaze said that he decided to leave the Republican Party because of its resistance to change.
As many as 17 Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for president but only Trump, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubioand Scott Walker are considered serious contenders.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is competing against only three Democrats and Bernie Sanders for theDemocratic Party’s nomination. Only Sanders is considered at all competitive in the early primaries.