Glenn Beck is well known for saying controversial nonsense, and he’s at it again, this time claiming in remarks on his program that the fire that damaged Notre Dame Cathedral was France’s “World Trade Center moment.”
Speaking on The Blaze TV’s The News and Why It Matters, Beck said:
“This is their 9/11. This is a world landmark and probably, next to the Eiffel Tower, the most iconic building in all of France, and more important than the Eiffel Tower.”
Although there is no evidence that the fire was intentionally set by “Islamists”––the French authorities deduced that the fire was started accidentally as the building underwent renovations––this didn’t stop Glenn from waxing ridiculous about the fire’s origins:
“If this was arson this is going to be bad,” he said. “It might have just been started by a cigarette, we don’t know. But if this was started by Islamists, I don’t think you’ll find out about it, because I think it would set the entire country on fire.
They’ve had killings, they’ve had mass shootings, they’ve had people running people down in the streets — the tension is very high. This is their World Trade Center moment, and if this was done by terrorists I think that they will keep it quiet.”
Glenn Beck speculates on the Notre Dame fire: "If this was started by Islamists, I don't think you'll find out about it." pic.twitter.com/Yvq5iRdUCw
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 16, 2019
Beck was immediately criticized.
Glenn Beck is trying start a conspiracy theory that the Notre Dame fire might have been started "by Islamists" even though the Paris prosecutor's office has ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives pic.twitter.com/LVljln5N5K
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) April 16, 2019
This “ain’t I a stinker?” morning zoo fake-thoughtful bullshit in the service of pure, profit-driven nihilism and racist violence. Fuck Glenn Beck and fuck his fans and employers forever. https://t.co/UFu53xRzj4
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2019
— michael what (@michael_at_work) April 16, 2019
this by glenn beck considerably worse than anything rep. ilhan omar has said about 9/11 pic.twitter.com/A4SktmUFzd
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) April 16, 2019
Any time Glenn Beck is trending, you know the world is about to become a much stupider place.
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) April 16, 2019
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 16, 2019
One critic pointed out that the Masjid Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem, was burning at the same time as the Notre Dame fire, though it received far less coverage.
I guess it doesn't matter to Glenn Beck that Masjid Al-Aqsa, the THIRD most holiest building to Muslims, was on fire the same time as Notre Dame. But, yeah, Islamists ruin everything.
— Ebony SkyTalker (@sfreynolds) April 16, 2019
Beck’s nonsensical comments came after President Donald Trump, implored French authorities to consider employing “flying water tankers” to quench the fire. Trump, a day later, referred to Notre Dame as a “museum,” prompting speculation that he was confusing it with the Louvre.
The world would probably be a much kinder place if both of these men stopped talking. Beck, as you might have expected, has not responded to any of the criticism.