After announcing his endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary race, conservative radio host and author Glenn Beck cheered his White House pick on to victory as the first votes were cast Monday night in Iowa. While Cruz pulled out a solid win among caucus-goers, Beck concluded that he was not the night’s biggest winner.
“The real winner here,” he asserted, “– and nobody is going to say this — is the tea party.”
Referencing the conservative movement that gained traction nationwide prior to the 2010 midterm election season, Beck acknowledged that it carries less influence six years later. Nevertheless, he said the adherents of tea party values were responsible for Monday night’s victory.
“None of this would have been possible without the tea party,” he said. “It wouldn’t have happened.”
In addition to Cruz’s stronger-than-anticipated finish, Beck added Marco Rubio’s close third-place showing into his argument. Both men sailed to electoral victory — putting them in the current position to seek the nation’s highest elected office — largely on the strength of tea party support.
Beck also weighed in on the razor-thin margins on the other side of the aisle, explaining Bernie Sanders’ near-defeat of Hillary Clinton further signaled establishment politics on both sides of the aisle are in their death throes.
“Bernie Sanders, a 76-year-old [sic] man, who his life expectancy says he’ll be dead by the end of his term, a guy who could use a few … Crest Whitestrips on his teeth, a guy who is not the guy who is polished or anything else,” the host said, “he bested or came close to besting Hillary Clinton, somebody who was born for the job, somebody who has every political connection.”